A (Possibly Final) Look Inside the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport
There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.
The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.
One new observation from this, our third year visiting during OHNY: We couldn't help but notice the abundance of power outlets, a travel necessity that many modern airports still struggle to offer. Though it’s been closed for well over a decade and doesn't meet TSA regulations, the brilliant design of the terminal and its timeless appeal will always have us wishing we were waiting for a flight at the Constellation Club, gin and tonic in hand and TWA ticket in our pocket.
[Photos: Steven D/Jaunted]