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Partial Column, from Penn Station, 31st to 33rd Streets between 7th and 8th Avenues, NYC (demolished 1964)

American Art

On View: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor

This truncated shaft was one of the enormous columns that stood at the north and south ends of the Waiting Room in the original Pennsylvania Station, a vast railroad-terminal complex whose style was inspired by ancient Roman baths. Completed in 1910, the station was demolished in 1963.

MEDIUM Travertine marble
DATES ca. 1910
DIMENSIONS 145 x 136 in. (368.3 x 345.4 cm) Base: 57 x 57 in. (144.8 x 144.8 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS American Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 66.250.2
CREDIT LINE Gift of Youngstown Cartage Co. and New York Improvement & Development
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CAPTION Charles Follen McKim. Partial Column, from Penn Station, 31st to 33rd Streets between 7th and 8th Avenues, NYC (demolished 1964), ca. 1910. Travertine marble, 145 x 136 in. (368.3 x 345.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Youngstown Cartage Co. and New York Improvement & Development, 66.250.2. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.66.250.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Truncated column with base, capital, and partial shaft. Originally installed in the Pennsylvania Station waiting room. A set of six ionic columns flanked each of the stairways leading from the 31st and 33rd street entrances to the main waiting room.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (80%)
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