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Mech265
Level 43 : Master Architect
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v3.0 - 06/16/17
Changes:

* Raised Facade by 2 meters
* Removed Escalator in the Main Waiting Room
* Added circa 1950's newsstand in the Grand Concourse
* Added benches in the Grand Concourse
* Edited shape of semicircular windows
* Fixed width of Driveway entrances in the Main Waiting Room
* Fixed lighting in Men's and Women's Waiting Rooms
* Added IND subway entrance at SE 8th Avenue & 33rd Street corner of Penn Station
* Redid sidewalk widths for greater accuracy


Included in the file is a texture pack which you
need to use! Otherwise, everything's going to look really off.
(Made by NJDaeger).



NOTE: If you do not spawn next to the station, it can be found at coordinates: (-467, 36, 580). I highly recommend you use a command block if you are playing on singleplayer.



Do not reupload, modify, or redistribute any part of this map and project. You cannot claim this to be your own work and I grant you no permission to use any of the map's elements in your own work.




Historical Background Info:

New York's original Penn Station was a Beaux-Arts building constructed by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead & White. Having opened in 1910, the station finally provided direct rail travel to & from New York City. Passengers no longer had to transfer to a ferry from Long Island City or Hoboken, which would bring them across the river into Manhattan.

The railroad station served the Pennsylvania Railroad and Long Island Railroad for several decades. It was most heavily used during World War II, a time when tens of millions of passengers used the station. However, with the rise of the American car industry & the beginning of the Jet Age, railroad service was beginning to dwindle. In the post-war 1950's, rail travel suffered a significant decline as more & more people traveled by car or plane. With the railroad industry doing poorly, the company (The Pennsylvania Railroad) that owned Penn Station was losing money, and in an attempt to save the PRR from bankruptcy, the above-ground portion of the station was sold and demolished to make way for what is now Madison Square Garden. Its demolition led to public outcry and protests from many architects, although nothing could be done to save the station.


A crowd protests outside the building, hoping that the historical building would be saved.

Many people criticizing the demolition made notable remarks, such as Vincent Scully, who once said:



An architecture critic working for the New York Times also wrote:



54 years later, these words are still moving.

The demolition of a station many considered to be one of the greatest works of public architecture ultimately led to the movement of architectural preservation in the United States. Two years after its demolition,having nearly suffered the same fate as its neighbor across town, Grand Central Terminal was designated a New York City landmark. Were it not for the loss of Pennsylvania Station, many more historical and culturally significant buildings would have been laid to waste by the wrecker's ball.




More Photos and Side-by-Side Comparisons





Bird's-eye view of Penn Station.






The grand, four-story tall facade of Pennsylvania Station on Seventh Avenue, flaunting its colonnade of granite Doric columns.




Seventh Avenue entrance, as seen from Thirty-Second Street.



Seventh Avenue Facade. View from corner of 31st Street & 7 Av.












Light streams in to the Main Waiting Room of Penn Station, a breathtakingly spacious space inspired off of the Roman Baths of Caracalla.











A shot of the entire concourse. Above is Penn Station's iconic glass dome. The 33rd street entrance is visible at the other end.








The massive, glass-domed Concourse of Pennsylvania Station, where light once streamed in during the day to illuminate the spacious waiting area. The base of Madison Square Garden now occupies this once magnificent view inside the razed building. (Left c. 1910 ; Right, c. 1963)







View from Track 4 in the Main Concourse. Platforms and tracks are visible.



Looking above the tracks.







Taxi Driveway. Arched bridge to the Waiting Room is seen nearby.



Skylight above the tracks, near the Driveway. (I hate to admit it, but I could not find the image on the right online, so
I "borrowed" it from another video which also features a Penn replica in Minecraft, by someone named " P_Gitty ". Please check out his replica of Penn as well!)





Penn Station, corner of Eighth Ave & Thirty-First Street. View looking Southeast.




Pennsylvania Station's Eighth Avenue entrance, slightly smaller than its Seventh Avenue counterpart. The image on the right shows it being demolished around 1964.



TBA (It takes a while to render spaces with many light sources, though the platforms remain largely unchanged since their construction in 1910).




Penn Station's Demolition (1963 - 1966)


The Grand Concourse is demolished. Only a few of its steel arches are left standing. Soon, these too will be razed.


Demolition takes place inside the Main Waiting Room. Columns are taken apart.


Dust & debris collect at the floor of the Main Waiting Room, as it is demolished.


Aerial view of demolition.


By the mid-1960's only the Seventh Avenue facade of the original Penn Station is left.
The structure of Madison Square Garden can be seen in the background.


The current Penn Station


Amtrak Concourse. Formerly the Main Waiting Room of the complex. The escalators and stairs still remain in the same place.


Departure Board inside the waiting area. Formerly the Grand Concourse. A very claustrophobic area, given its low ceilings and the large crowds here.


A dull view of one of Penn's low-ceiling passageways.

Then & Now


We lost that for this? Hmph.



External Links
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Creative Commons License
Old N.Y. Pennsylvania Station, (c. 1910 - 1963), Midtown Manhattan, New York City | ~Full Interior~ by Mech265 is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Credit:McKim Mead and White's original 1910 plans, Vatredox and NJDaeger for curves, Aa60660
Progress: 95% Complete

Update #5 : 06/16/2017 3:44:26 pm6/16/17

v3 Released. See description for a list of changes.

Update #4 : 03/10/2017 3:30:59 pm3/10/17

v2.0 (March 2017) Release Notes:

o All roof details have been finished. (Vents, a small water tower, miniature skylights, etc.)
o The slope of the Head House's roof has been edited to be more accurate.
o All statues, eagles, and clocks above Penn Station's entrances have been completely redone for more accuracy.
o The shape of the Grand Concourse's window has been tweaked slightly.
o More lighting fixes ;)

Update #3 : 01/07/2017 3:32:16 pm1/07/17

Changelog:

* Lighting Errors Fixed in Main Waiting Room
* Added Stairs and Platforms 1 / 2 / 3 and 4.
* v1.0 of Map Released.

To Mods: (Please don't take this log down for Update Log Abuse!) D:

Update #2 : 01/04/2017 12:18:24 am1/04/17

After months of procrastination and having been inundated by a sh*tstorm of term papers, I've finally been able to get some progress done on the rest of the station. Ticket areas adjacent to the Main Waiting Room have been added as well as the smaller Waiting rooms next to the Grand Concoruse. And good news. I'm releasing the map. Seriously, I am. I haven't gotten the time to do any quality renders, but you'll be able to see the station yourself soon enough. Sorry I couldn't live up to my promise (in response to a few PM's I received) of hosting the map on a private server. The map should be available by the 7th of January.

It's been a good five and a half years but I'm calling it quits. I hope you folks enjoy the final release of the map.

-Mech265

Update #1 - Changelog (Oct. 15, 2016) : 10/15/2016 4:04:13 pm10/15/16

Hello!

Just made a few changes to the Waiting Room, I wasn't entirely satisfied with how the ceiling turned out the first time. It lacked all of the hexagonal shapes in the real room's ceiling, so this time around I made sure to do all of the missing hex-shapes in the curved ceiling. Honestly, it really was a pain in the butt to do, but I'm happier with the result now!

Other MWR Changes:

  • Added service & help desks in the waiting room. (These were added around the 1920's, though I thought their addition made the place feel less empty.)
  • Made columns more whiter, to be more accurate to its 1910 appearance
  • Added a flourishing missing from two of the arches.

Also...I'm considering doing an update for the roofing details which are currently missing. Perhaps maybe in late November or December... HS is overwhelming. :P In the meantime, take care & keep building!

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  • andywild
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • August 4, 2017, 10:13 pm
Ok, This is amazing...a-ma-ziiiingggg.
  • whiffdog
  • Level 47
  • Master Architect
  • June 16, 2017, 7:58 pm
This is one of the most accurate depictions of any building I have seen in Minecraft. Well done.
It is a sad day when people tear down a beautiful monument that tells our own history.
  • mag32387
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Architect
  • June 16, 2017, 12:29 pm
Great job. I admire
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • June 16, 2017, 12:50 pm
Thanks :D
  • aa60665
  • Level 43
  • Master Engineer
  • May 29, 2017, 8:24 pm
Gj on 5000 views
  • CyberRockyYT
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • April 17, 2017, 6:25 am
NICE! It's going to my collection of real life places :)
  • venus_rover
  • Level 24
  • Expert Crafter
  • March 27, 2017, 12:02 am
this is so accurate i can hardly believe it
so many people claim they are being accurate when the building doesn't even look alike
its nice to see someone actually live up to the claim
  • venus_rover
  • Level 24
  • Expert Crafter
  • March 27, 2017, 12:03 am
oh also fantastic job :D
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • March 27, 2017, 9:22 pm
Oh thank you so much, I love your rendition of Boston's old post office as well!
Noticed this has a download now, excited to finally check this work of art out. It's the closest we can get to travelling back in time I guess...
  • Craftoch
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Architect
  • January 16, 2017, 8:19 pm
This project is crazy, thank you for all informations ! c:
  • Apollo337
  • Level 27
  • Expert Architect
  • January 14, 2017, 2:40 am
boss
Does this map download include the NewFord project aswell?
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • January 7, 2017, 12:00 pm
It contains a version of the map with very few buildings, shortly before we cancelled it. Don't expect to see anything else though.
  • FirmusPiett
  • Level 29
  • Expert Engineer
  • January 4, 2017, 1:39 pm
Oh my, this is incredibly beautiful...
I saw this station on a documentary about New York City's transit system a few months back, and always thought it looked better than Grand Central (though that is still a lovely place.)
Glad to see it in the flesh here. It's a great monument to the station that once was. I bet even the architect himself would be thoroughly impressed. You've captured it very convincingly, from what I can see. I look forward to exploring it.
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • January 7, 2017, 11:14 am
Thank you! I had a really fun time making it, and I hope you enjoy what you see. It's up for download now.
  • CPUser_
  • Level 24
  • Expert Explorer
  • January 3, 2017, 10:07 pm
You made an incredbly accurate building. Thanks for the information you shared in this post.
  • alexisdabest
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Miner
  • January 3, 2017, 8:35 pm
this is fantastic :)
  • Chickenator
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Architect
  • December 10, 2016, 6:35 am
Amazing building :)
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • December 10, 2016, 6:38 am
Thanks!
  • insanetea
  • Level 22
  • Expert Caveman
  • December 10, 2016, 5:51 am
Amazing dude :) what shaderpack is it?
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • December 10, 2016, 6:30 am
A texturepack based on Greenfield's. It's not available for download anymore, but a few people might still have the link.
  • Aa60660
  • Level 20
  • Expert Engineer
  • November 26, 2016, 5:20 pm
haha ye glad i contributed to this (the little i did)
  • EmperorAlanZ
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Prince
  • November 25, 2016, 7:55 am
Amazing your building! Why are there people like this who like to destroy the historical heritage? T-T
  • Zeemo
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • October 29, 2016, 7:11 pm
Just amazing ...simply perfect ^_-
  • The_Growl
  • Level 26
  • Expert Architect
  • October 24, 2016, 8:28 am
Very good build, I can tell you put your heart and soul into this, but where is the entrance on the new one?
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • October 24, 2016, 2:00 pm
Just outside the office building that stands there now, here , and thanks!
  • The_Growl
  • Level 26
  • Expert Architect
  • October 25, 2016, 12:53 am
That's just a subway station, not a central station!
  • aa60665
  • Level 43
  • Master Engineer
  • November 13, 2016, 3:38 pm
It clearly says Amtrak, which is not a subway. It's just underground lol. And it is a central station, there's just no head house/station building above ground that shows otherwise.
  • The_Growl
  • Level 26
  • Expert Architect
  • November 13, 2016, 9:11 pm
I know, it just doesn't seem right!
  • fov360
  • Level 40
  • Master Pixel Puncher
  • October 15, 2016, 10:19 pm
Thanks for bringing this wonderful building back to life. It's really a beauty.
  • aa60665
  • Level 43
  • Master Engineer
  • October 15, 2016, 3:33 pm
i like the new ceiling!
  • velcromakimaki
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 3:30 pm
This is truly incredible. Not only have you recreated something lost to us, but you managed to capture the tragedy of it all. Thank you for this lesson in history, very well done.
  • WiseGuy17
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 2:37 pm
Wow this is absolutly amazing. Honesty great job man. I love seeing builds by people I know. Absolutly amazing. If you wanna do some subways on GF, please do XD
  • communist666
  • Level 29
  • Expert Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 11:26 am
It's impossible, it's really cool, you well done comrade, fantastic!
  • Vatredox
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Toast
  • September 14, 2016, 2:08 pm
long live the proletariat my friend
  • FMC198
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 9:21 am
its awesome
  • Norzeteus
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 8:37 am
Very, very well done, dia 4 You!
  • hmmcrunchy
  • Level 59
  • Grandmaster Engineer
  • September 14, 2016, 8:16 am
Fantastic build, just beautiful, and a great trip through time with some excellent photos and history - superb
Love it!
  • xpowerx5005
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 6:33 am
Shame that you won't post more projects, wish you all the best!
  • GGJ16
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • September 14, 2016, 5:00 am
This is a very impressive job ! Well done :o
  • ackers5861
  • Level 26
  • Expert Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 2:46 am
Exceptionally realistic. Love how it so closely follows the architecture of the real (or no longer real) version. Well done. :)
  • Ganliard
  • Level 13
  • Journeyman Architect
  • September 14, 2016, 2:20 am
This is without doubt the best building i have ever seen on Planet Minecraft. An impressive and accurate reconstruction of a beautiful and long gone building deserves more than a diamond.
  • MagicHwhite
  • Level 27
  • Expert Unicorn
  • September 14, 2016, 2:17 am
Reall really realistic, well done!
  • MarcTaylor
  • Level 27
  • Expert Architect
  • September 13, 2016, 8:50 pm
This is hands down the greatest project I've ever seen.
*Slow claps*
  • IG-FredMcWaffe
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • September 13, 2016, 7:48 pm
This is really sad, but fascinating at the same time. Thank you so much for inspiring me to recreate our own capital city which was completely destroyed in ww2, leaving its amazing architecture destroyed and replaced by tall ugly boxes with doors and windows. :'(
  • Plinkster702
  • Level 26
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • September 13, 2016, 6:21 pm
Realistic beyond words. Here is a well-earned Diamond, Favorite, and Subscription. People are so stupid to destroy such works of art.
  • muckdogred1
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Miner
  • September 13, 2016, 6:18 pm
What an amazing building! Very detailed and realistic, but I will miss seeing your projects posted every once and a while.
  • ethan5289
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • September 13, 2016, 5:54 pm
whats the texture pack?
  • Vatredox
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Toast
  • September 13, 2016, 7:22 pm
its a texture pack used on the build server which is mostly based off of the greenfield texture pack.
  • Eyedea_
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Architect
  • September 13, 2016, 4:48 pm
So accurate and phenomenal. I seriously love the effort put into the interior!
  • Bluecolty
  • Level 45
  • Master Architect
  • September 13, 2016, 4:40 pm
Mech I'm honestly type-less (speechless), this is absolutely amazing. Just goes to show you how stupid people can be when wanting to tear down a architectural masterpiece and put in useless junk. Just absolutely an amazing job dude
  • Vatredox
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Toast
  • September 13, 2016, 3:39 pm
odmap
  • Annuminas
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Scribe
  • September 13, 2016, 2:46 pm
I am awed by the care and realism put into this.
  • aa60665
  • Level 43
  • Master Engineer
  • September 13, 2016, 1:35 pm
I love this, so much realism. Great job.
  • Luxaholic
  • Level 26
  • Expert Engineer
  • September 13, 2016, 1:30 pm
absolutely beautiful, everything about this build, nice work.
  • ST4RK
  • Level 28
  • Expert Architect
  • September 13, 2016, 1:06 pm
Insane Man!
  • Sporks
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • September 13, 2016, 12:58 pm
You can get a map or schematic right now?
  • CraftyFoxe
  • Chat Moderator
  • Level 69
  • High Grandmaster Fox
  • September 13, 2016, 12:33 pm
Lol nice Penn Station man
  • NJDaeger
  • Level 51
  • Grandmaster Programmer
  • September 13, 2016, 12:29 pm
This turned out awesome dude, great work.
  • Mech265
  • Level 43
  • Master Architect
  • September 13, 2016, 12:33 pm
Thanks! That actually means a lot to me, lol

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