One of the most famous icons of mid-century modernism, the TWA Flight Center, beautifully restored over the last six years, is on the National Register of Historic Places. MCR Development, the firm selected by the Port Authority to celebrate Saarinen’s masterpiece and reopen it to the public, is advancing a privately-funded $265 million plan to rehabilitate the national landmark to its original splendor and deliver the first on-site, world-class airport hotel at JFK International Airport. Through a $65 million investment, MCR Development will preserve the iconic terminal for the public to enjoy. Expected to be complete in 2018, the redevelopment plan will include a museum focusing on New York City as the birthplace of the Jet Age, the storied history of TWA Airlines, and the Midcentury Modern design movement.
During OHNY Weekend, explore and discuss the building's restoration and upcoming rehabilitation with Jim Steven, Manager of JFK's Physical Plant and redevelopment of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Access Notes: If you are traveling to the TWA Flight Center without a car, take the Airtrain to Jetblue/Terminal 5. Take the escalator or elevator down to ground level. Near Carousel 6 (baggage claim area), enter the TWA Flight Center through the glass doors. Visitors with wheelchairs can access the building through the street entrance only; all others can go through Terminal 5. Please note that certain areas within the Flight Center are not wheelchair accessible.
Image Credit: Ben Helmer