New York City Railroad Station Eagles - May 15, 2015

50th Anniversary year of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Law

The Penn Station Eagle at the Long Island Rail Road, Hicksville Station was dedicated on May 15, 1965.  To mark the 50th Anniversary of that dedication and to recognize that this year is the 50th Anniversary of the New York City Landmarks Law, arrangements have been made to have all of the nineteen Penn Station and Grand Central Station Eagle locations photographed on the same day - Friday, May 15th (or Saturday, May 16th).  Those photographs will be displayed on this page as well as other supporting material as furnished. 
For convenience, location numbers have been assigned below.                                    
         
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PRR STATION EAGLES

Penn Station eagles

1 - New York - 7th Avenue side of Penn Station (2 eagles)

2 - Cooper Union in lower Manhattan

3 - Kings Point - US Merchant Marine Academy (2 eagles)

4 - Hicksville railroad station plaza

5 - Vinalhaven, Maine

6 - Philadelphia - Market Street Bridge (4 eagles)

7 - Valley Forge Military Academy - Pennsylvania

8 - Hampden Sydney College in Virginia

9 - Kansas City, Missouri (fully assembled statuary group with 2 eagles)

10 - National Zoo in Washington D.C. 

11 - NJ Transit Training Facility in Newark, N.J. (disassembled statuary group with 2 eagles)

12 - Head of one of the eagles on display at Museum of the City of New York

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Pennsylvania Station New 1910

 

 

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One can see the eagle’s original perch above the main  entrance  Penn Station c.1959


NEW YORK - 7TH AVENUE SIDE OF PENN STATIOM (2 EAGLES)
Color photos of Pennsylvania Station 7th Ave. Eagles: Ross French 
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COOPER UNION, Ringwood, NJ  and moved to lower Manhattan, NY
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During the mid 1960s, this eagle was donated to Cooper Union, and it was only later learned that sculptor Adolph Weinman was an alumnus. Originally it was placed on the grounds of the school's Green Campus in Ringwood, New Jersey. It was later moved to a courtyard of the Manhattan Campus and a few years ago, it was moved to one of the schools adjacent building rooftops.

MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY, Kings Point, NY
Photos: Richie Mushy

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PENN STATION EAGLE - LIRR Hicksville, NY
Archive: Dave Morrison

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Left to right: Richard Althaus - President - Hicksville Historical Society
Gerard Keena - former student of Samual Goldberg (the high school teacher who obtained the eagle for Hicksville)
James Pavone - past president of Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the builder of Hicksville's John Bull locomotive replica
David Morrison - retired LIRR Branch Line Manager

Vinalhaven, ME

"Awaiting recent photograph"

MARKET ST. BRIDGE, Philadelphia, PA
Photos: John Kilbride

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VALLEY FORGE ACADEMY, Valley Forge, PA
Photos: Jamieson Bilella

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HAMPDEN SYDNEY COLLEGE,  Hampden Sydney, VA
Photos: Courtesy of Angela Way and Thomas Shomo
Photos of the two plaques at Hampden-Sydney College.  The one on the left of the eagle memorializes Coach “Yank” Bernier, and the other, at the base of the eagle, memorializes the Hampden-Sydney Men who died in World War II.  The third picture shows the location (on left) of the eagle at the end of Fulton Field.  On the right is Lewis Everett Stadium and on the far left the Ty Cobb Baseball Park.  The football complex has for decades been referred to as “Death Valley,”  where the hope of victory of so many opponents has died.  This explains the reference on the smaller plaque.
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PENN STATION FULL STATUARY GROUP WITH 2 EAGLES  Kansas City, MO
Photos: Matt Armstrong

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NATIONAL ZOO  Washington, DC
"Awaiting recent photograph"
NJ Transit Training Facility in Newark, N.J. (disassembled statuary group with 2 eagles)
 MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK - EAGLE HEAD ON DISPLAY
Photos: Dave Morrison
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GRAND CENTRAL STATION EAGLES

Grand Central Station eagles

13 -  Grand Central Terminal (2 eagles)

14 - Vanderbilt Museum (2 eagles)

15 - Kings Point

16 - St. Basils Academy in Cold Spring, N.Y. (2 eagles)

17 - Shandaken Eagle in Phonecia, N.Y.

18 - Space Farm and Zoo Museum in Sussex, N.J.

19 - Metro North Station in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

 

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GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, NEW YORK, NY
Photos: Ross French

The majestic eagle perched on the Viaduct at East 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Ave is actually a relic from the previous Grand Central Terminal, which stood here from 1898-1910. The eagles numbered 10 or 11 (accounts differ). This eagle was discovered at the Capuchin Theological Seminary in Garrison, NY. (See below)

 

 

 

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VANDERBILT MUSEUM, Centerport, NY
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These two eagles are immediately inside the main entrance gate of the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, NY.  This was the former home of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.  These eagles were placed here in 1910 and both are mounted on rather extravagant pedestals.  These eagles are coated with some sort of black preservative.  
KINGS POINT, NY

"Awaiting recent photograph"

ST. BASILS ACADEMY - COLD SPRING, NY

                "Awaiting recent photograph"

SHANDAKEN - Mt. Vernon, NY  Photo: "Kingston Daily Freeman" newspaper Tania Barriclo

This was the eagle purchased by David McLane in 1966 for 100 bucks.  It was one of the two eagles located in Mt. Vernon.

Sadly, McLane passed away before this eagle was dedicated on Aug 23, 1986

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"SPACE FARMS" Sussex, NJ
"Awaiting recent photograph"

These two eagles are on the grounds of St. Basil's Academy and are not "matched" as are the eagles at the Vanderbilt Museum.  One eagle is on top of a rock cliff beside the entrance roadway and is painted black.  The other eagle is  further down the road and set back from the roadway, somewhat in the woods.  This eagle has a bronzed appearance.

Metro North Station at Sleepy Hollow, NY
Photos: Klaus Schmidt
North Tarrytown, aka Philipse Manor, now known as Sleepy Hollow, NY.
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