Moynihan Train Hall - 421 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan
Photo: Lucas Blair Simpson | Aaron Fedor © SOM
On January 1, New York City celebrated the completion of a long-held dream. The new Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall, named for the visionary U.S. senator who proposed the project in the 1990s, opened its doors within the James A. Farley Post Office Building. It reverses the dark, overcrowded experience that commuters have endured for decades, and restores the grandeur that was lost with the demolition of the original Penn Station over 50 years ago.
Moynihan Train Hall, Manhattan (Lucas Blair Simpson | Aaron Fedor © SOM)
Historic Penn Station was a skylit, Beaux-Arts masterpiece designed by McKim, Mead & White in 1910. After demolition, only its concourses and platforms remained. They became dangerously overcrowded, while across Eighth Avenue, the Farley Building – another McKim, Mead & White landmark, with a grand staircase and colonnade that echoed Penn - had become largely vacant. It was the perfect place for a new train station.
The train hall, located in the former mail sorting room, features a dramatic skylight, reminiscent of Penn Station. Three historic steel trusses hidden in the Post Office construction were revealed and now support the skylight’s vaults. The bolted trusses display the workmanship of neoclassical design.
Moynihan Train Hall, Manhattan within the Farley Building (Lucas Blair Simpson | Aaron Fedor © SOM)
Preservation work included cleaning, pointing, and repairs to the granite walls, pilasters, and the terra-cotta cheneaux; restoration of original wood windows and cast-iron spandrels; and of brick and terracotta in the courtyard above the train hall.
Moynihan Train Hall re-establishes a civic icon for New York, recaptures the original spirit of train travel to Penn Station, and creates a new gateway to the City.
Moynihan Train Hall Project Team
- Empire State Development Corporation
- Vornado Realty Trust
- Billings Jackson Design
- BNP Associates, Inc.
- Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
- Cerami & Associates
- Code Consultants Professional Engineers, P.C.
- Domingo Gonzalez Associates
- Ducibella Venter & Santore
- Gordon H. Smith Corporation
- Higgins Quasebarth & Partners
- Jaros Baum & Bolles
- Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
- Mijksenaar USA
- Peter Pennoyer Architects
- Rockwell Group
- Schlaich Bergermann Partner
- Severud Associates
- Skanska USA
- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
- Systra Consulting, Inc.
- Thornton Tomasetti
- Van Deusen & Associates
- Watson & Co.
- Weidlinger Protective Design Practice