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TWA Flight Center

2011 October 17

Yesterday, thanks to Open House New York, the old TWA terminal at JFK Airport was briefly opened to the public. So I grabbed some architecturally enthusiastic friends and out we went, joining an appreciative crowd to spend the better part of the afternoon ooh-ing and ahh-ing at an artifact of bygone travel romance.

Since the old building was mostly surrounded by the new Jet Blue terminal in 2008, it has struggled to find gainful employment. The latest idea is to make it the lobby of a boutique airport hotel. In preparation for this, the Port Authority has been lovingly restoring the building, and it’s in surprisingly good shape.

Tomorrow, I’ll share more images from inside and outside this gorgeous (if not somewhat impractical) specimen of 60’s architecture.

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