Sadly, Pennsylvania Station met the fate of the wrecking ball of “progress” in 1963. Historic preservation took on a new meaning with the loss of the original Penn Station. Laws were quickly passed to keep such a tragedy from happening again. A new Madison Square Garden replaced Penn Station. The current Penn Station occupies a cluttered, somewhat dreary, modern basement space.
Plans are underway to relocate Penn Station to the old Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue, a block away from the original site. The same man who designed Penn Station, designed the Post Office; and it has the grand Romanesque columns similar to the original Penn Station. Fortunately, Grand Central Terminal, which was pictured in the first album, still survives and was recently renovated.