Film Night: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

  • Date

    Friday, July 3 2020

  • Time


  • Location

    Your home!

In person, architecture can move us, but it can also touch us through storytelling and the medium of film. Remember when you first saw the 1927 science-fiction film Metropolis? Or The Fountainhead with Howard Roark, the ambitious and uncompromising young architect? This summer, we’ll recommend an architecture film each Friday to jumpstart your weekend. You can watch the film on your own time by accessing it through Kanopy, YouTube, or another shared platform. Share your thoughts about the film using #aiadcSummerNights. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

The Rise and Fall of Penn Station

In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world. But just 53 years after the station's opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

Running Time: 55 mins

Year: 2014

Filmmakers: Michael Rossi, Randall MacLowry

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

Film courtesy of: Kanopy

Kanopy partners with public libraries and universities to stream entertainment without fees or commercials. You can watch everything from documentaries to instructional films to mainstream movies. Each month your library offers a limited number of play credits - that’s one credit per film to watch for free! Kanopy also provides free-credit viewing selections and, if you’re a parent, there is an entire section dedicated to kids.