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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

A Moment to Honor Penn Station


Posted by Becky | View all posts by Becky
2 Comments » | Published in Architecture, historic preservation  |  2 Comments

I was watching Mad Men the other night, and I loved the scene where that scumbag Pete Campbell was trying to woo the Madison Square Garden developers to let him provide their P.R. and squash the nutball commie preservationists who were trying to save Penn Station (McKim, Mead, and White, 1910). I love that Mad Men focuses in on these pivotal points in history, and evokes a feeling of being on the cusp of momentous change. A phoenix of historic preservation rose from the ashes of Penn Station; its demolition was the catalyst that brought people like Jane Jacobs, Ada Louise Huxtable and a slew of like-minded architects together to fight the good fight for preservating historic buildings and better urban planning. The episode inspired me to take a moment of silence to honor this Beaux Arts Masterpiece.

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  1. Barchbo says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 8:03 am (#)

    I love this post! One of my favorite things about MAD MEN is how it brings historical truth from the era to the show. When they name-dropped Ada Louise Huxtable on Sunday, I loved it!! The show’s ability to infuse historical accuracy in such a comprehensive way is so impressive. I toast Peggy every Sunday night – without women like her, a lot of us would be flight attendants, nurses, teachers, and secretaries out of necessity rather than choice. I’m a former teacher – that’s not an insult. But I like that I had more than 4 choices of career.

    (Pardon me – my history major is showing.)

    PS: Pete Campbell is a sleaze.

  2. Becky says:

    August 27th, 2009 at 11:03 am (#)

    Barchbo, the second he started reading that quote, I sat here saying to myself “oh my gosh, that’s Ada Louise Huxtable!” all excited. I’m a NERD! I think it is so cool that they really take the events in history and dissect them just right. I also appreciate all the hard work that goes into the details, from sets to what’s on their TV to what they are wearing. It’s so well done!

    Unfortunately, I think our beloved hero Peggy is starting to lose her mind – I can’t quite tell where they are going with her storyline yet.

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