Since the 1990s, SOM has taken a leading role in the advocacy and design of the monumental civic project to convert the Beaux-Arts James A. Farley Post Office into a 21st-century train station. Situated across Eighth Avenue from Pennsylvania Station, the new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Station will create needed capacity in the region’s rail system and catalyze development of Manhattan’s Far West Side, while restoring and preserving an important historical resource.
After it was demolished in 1963, New York’s original Pennsylvania Station acquired a mythic status as a symbol of the lost grandeur of rail travel and public space in the United States. SOM’s design for a new Penn Station restores this sense of civic monumentality and represents America’s new era of high-speed rail. The new station transforms the Farley Building into a new train station while preserving the landmark postal hall.
The first phase of the project includes five major transportation and infrastructure-related components: doubling the width and length of the West End Concourse, which connects to the A/C/E subway line and is located below the post office; improving platform ventilation and signal work; upgrading the connector between the post office and the existing Penn Station beneath West 33rd Street; and adding two new entry points on both sides of the post office’s grand staircase on Eighth Avenue.