Penn Station
The old Pennsylvania Station in New York. Photography: Library of Congress

The loss of the original Pennsylvania Station in New York is among the greatest architectural tragedies of the 20th century. But spare a thought for its architect, Charles Follen McKim, who died in 1909 before he could see his Beaux Arts masterpiece completed.

Beyond Penn Station, the American – along with his practice McKim, Mead and White – left his mark on the urban fabric of the East Coast, particularly in New York, where he designed some of the country’s grandest Neo-classical buildings. And thankfully, many of them still exist.

Today, on what would have been his 169th birthday, we bring you five of his most seminal projects.

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