OVERRIDE

Old Penn Station

William Low; illustrations by William Low

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

A beautiful tribute to the glory of the original Pennsylvania Railroad Station
 
During the first half of the 20th century, the original Pennsylvania Station was one of New York City’s grandest landmarks, a palace in the middle of Manhattan. William Low’s glorious illustrations pay close attention to detail while still encompassing the large-scale grandeur of Penn Station.   Old Penn Station follows a very specific piece of New York City history, but it’s not just a New York book.  The author’s research carefully addresses the whole history of the building, from construction to destruction, ending with an acknowledgment of its lasting legacy in terms of historical preservation. Spaces can be powerful, and Old Penn Station honors one particular powerful space which is sure to engender discussion about other historical buildings and monuments all across the nation.
This is a classic, beautiful book for history lovers, train lovers, and art lovers alike.  Old Penn Station is a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

MEDIA

Watch

  • William Low on Old Penn Station

    Old Penn Station follows a very specific piece of New York City history. The author's research carefully addresses the whole history of the building, from construction to destruction, ending with an acknowledgment of its lasting legacy.

BACK

REVIEWS

Reviews from Goodreads

BACK

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • William Low; illustrations by William Low

  • William Low was born and raised in New York City. He is a lover of trains and New York architecture. Mr. Low is the author and illustrator of Chinatown and a four-time Silver Medal winner at the Society of Illustrators. Currently, he teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
  • William Low
    William Low
BACK

READING GUIDE

OTHER GUIDES

Reading Group Guide
BACK

BUY THE BOOK

Available Formats and Book Details

Old Penn Station

William Low; illustrations by William Low

NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Books of the Yea, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), IRA-CBC Children's Choices, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
BACK