Monstrosity or Landmark?
October 17th, 2005

The destruction of the old Penn Station to make way for Madison Square so appalled many New Yorkers that it paved the way for our current landmarks preservation law. But now the New York Times finds that three leading preservation groups have put the arena on a list of significant modern buildings. Could landmark status be next?

While the Times did not quote anyone who flat-out called for preservation of the garden, Kate Wood, of Landmark West!, which is spearheading the movement to landmark 2 Columbus Circle said, “I’m all for a public hearing for Madison Square Garden. It would tell us a lot about where we are in our ability to evaluate the architectural and historical significance of the recent past.” But many New Yorkers still cringe at the thought of honoring something they view as an architectural atrocity. “This building remains unforgivable by any standard,” Paul Goldberger, dean of the Parsons School of Design, said in an e-mail to the Times, while Diana Goldstein, who was among those who sparked the original protests to save Penn Station, e-mailed, “Who on earth thinks that building is worth preserving?”

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