New information is minimal, but promising: "The Eero Saarinen-designed terminal will be transformed into a hotel and conference center, along with food and beverage offerings, retail space, a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum."
We're straining to reserve judgment until we at least see some renderings, but we're already of two minds over the whole project. While it will be excellent to see the building again put to use and bustling with the activity of travelers, its current state also holds great appeal. The structure itself is a little mysterious, sweetly raw, an oasis of architectural delight which comes closest to a vision imparted by Saarinen on his last visit to the building before his death: "TWA is beginning to look marvelous. If anything happened and they had to stop work right now and just leave it in this state, I think it would make a beautiful ruin, like the Baths of Caracalla."
There's also our tendency to now imagine what will become of the building when even this phase ends. It can't be a Standard Hotel forever, let's face it, and the thought of an "under new management--Marriott Hotels" or "closed (again)" sign even ten years away makes the bile rise in our throat.
This news is all the more reason to set aside Sunday, October 13 and attend the free opening of the Flight Center, because this may be your last chance to do so.