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Registered: July 2007
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I was listening to the radio yesterday, and there was a discussion about the loss of Penn Station back in 1963. I immediately looked it up to see what it looked like, and why it was no longer, and I was so sadden by the fact that anyone could have allowed this incredible building to be torn down and discarded. Yes, they did save an item or two, but it was a fraction of the treasure this building held in the stone and steel, and glass. The exterior alone had 84 massive pink granite columns. Once you entered, there was a waiting room that was a block and a half long and 15 stores high that was modeled after, but larger than an imperial Roman bathhouse.
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Here is an except from an article I found by Tony Hiss, written in 2003 called “The Death and Life of Preservation”


Even now, 40 years after its disappearance, people can still remember the multilayered effect this room had, the glimpses of destinations no trains could reach. Hurrying about on everyday business, people could at the same time feel singled out. Entering the concourse was somehow like boarding a see-through dirigible that was about to float away, or like a stroll across a forest floor beneath gigantic transparent orchids.


And all this just to get on a train! No wonder two generations of New Yorkers took this station to their hearts and felt betrayed by its loss.
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So sad.


Journaling reads: With the rise of the popularity of the automobile, there was a decline in passenger railway use. The owner of Penn Station was near ruin. A group of Architects banded together to form the Action Group for Better Architecture in New York (AGBANY) captured the media spotlight, but in the end, lost its battle. I did in the end succeeded in creating a historic preservation legislation which saved a good many buildings over the years. Pennsylvania Station was demolished in 1963 to make room for the new Madison Square Garden. The new Penn Station was constructed below the new Madison Square Garden, and although I have never been, I have read that it is cold and lifeless, compared to the grandiose beauty of the original station. It seems there are still many that mourn its loss, and every 10 years or so, articles are written to call to light this horrible loss, which is how I learned of it. It brings a tear to my eye, and puts a lump in my throat to think that something of such beauty would have even been considered to be demolished in the first place. It brings to mind this quote that I found, that unfortunately says it all:

"Any city gets what it admires, will pay for, and, ultimately, deserves. Even when we had Penn Station, we couldn’t afford to keep it clean. We want and deserve tin-can architecture in a tinhorn culture. And we will probably be judged not by the monuments we build but by those we have destroyed."
- "Farewell to Penn Station," New York Times editorial, October 30, 1963


Everything by Anna Aspnes:
ArtsyTranfers Downtown (coming soon)
ArtsyLayered Template No. 202 [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Downtown [ link ]
Downtown WordART No. 1 [ link ]
Downtown FotoBlendz No. 1 [ link ]
Layered Edge Overlays No. 2 [ link ]
Distressed Edge Overlay No. 9 [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Thankful Heart (brads) [ link ]
LoopDaLoop Melange ArtStrokes No. 1
ArtPlay Palette Cultivate (stain) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Escape (spatter) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Beach (spatter) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Moments (spatter) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Vintage Summer (Text brush) [ link ]
Travel Sampler Paris (postmark) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Arrive (brushes) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Party (spatter) [ link ]
Artplay Palette Blessings (spatter) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Destiny (stain) [ link ]
Artplay Palette Christmas Magic (scroll design) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Night Before Christmas (spatter) [ link ]
ArtPlay Palette Take Flight (artstroke) [ link ]
Notebook No. 1 [ link ]


My Process: I began with ALT 202. I added the photo to the large white paint layer. I duplicated the photo 4 more times, and clipped them to the clipping mask of each photo. I brought down the opacity of the background photo a bit. I also played around with the texture layers on the template to give the background photo more texture. I then went to each photo, and changed the levels of each to make them pop. I added a cardstock for the background, and began playing around with the various template layers, applying color and blend modes to the various layers. I added a variety of stains and spatters throughout the page, placing some on blend mode “divide” to make them white, while others I left black. I added two of the new ArtsyTransfers Downtown, copying some of the layers to use in multiple locations. I changed the color/saturation of some of the layers to better match my page color palette. I added the Title font, adding a stroke in the same color to thicken up the weight. I copied the title, and changed the stroke of the bottom layer to white, and increased its size. I applied a shadow to the bottom layer, detached it and played around with the shadow. I added the ArtStroke, and added the brads to portions of the artstroke. I added the journaling, and building info. I then took a portion of the Downtown WordART, and combined it with other words, placing it in the upper right. I then added the grid brushwork, and placed it on the diagonal to add more texture to the background photo. I added two edge overlays, both using a muted blue color. I added additional brushwork to add some text, and more spatters, plus a few stains, and made myself STOP working on it as I know I could have worked on it for a few more hours!!!


Photo from Library of Congress Archives
Fonts: Maratre, Eras Light ITC,
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myla


Registered: May 2012
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Tue July 28, 2015 8:20pm

a great page !
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Berry18


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Tue July 28, 2015 8:33pm

A Very sad story....what a great page you made about it !

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sunnie2004

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Tue July 28, 2015 11:21pm

absolutely gorgeous!
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Ellen


Registered: June 2007
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Wed July 29, 2015 12:06am

stunning I love all those little details of architecture in the smaller photos this brings the layout more to life . Wonderful colours as well to go with the old building .Barbaric to destroy something like this.!!

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Ellen


Registered: June 2007
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Wed July 29, 2015 12:10am

oh and I love what you did with that title..must try it out.

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Registered: August 2011
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Wed July 29, 2015 12:18am

Love the photos of Penn Station--you have done a beautiful job reflecting on its past glory. What a loss!
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beckturn


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Location: Florida
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Wed July 29, 2015 12:49am

Gorgeous page in every way! Love the architecture, blending & journaling.
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margje

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Registered: October 2012
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Wed July 29, 2015 1:10am

Very beautiful page and design!

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isDK


Registered: June 2014
Location: Colorado
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Wed July 29, 2015 1:25am

Beautiful page! I learned firsthand how it costs so much more to save and renovate an old building than to build a new one, but still. Your page is a beautiful reminder of that history.

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zwyck


Registered: December 2006
Location: Sweden
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Wed July 29, 2015 2:35am

Love it all! Thanks for sharing!

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