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Inside the Pennsylvania Railroad power station

A rare glimpse inside McKim Mead and White’s Pennsylvania Railroad power station in Long Island City, New York. Built in 1906 and obsolete by the 1920s, it remained structurally intact until 2005, when its four 84m high smokestacks were dismantled.

This relic of a bygone era was recorded by American photographer Eric P Laverty, whose images bear witness to the changing landscapes of heavy industry.

Laverty’s interest in industrial architecture developed early in life during pilgrimages to the great factories and automotive plants of the American Midwest. His deep regard for heroic, historic structures and the people and processes that transform them gives his work a beautifully tender, elegiac quality.

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