A Last Look at a New York Icon

The TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK airport often conjures up memories of the Golden Age of air travel and is a destination in its own right. Designed by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, the building is an aesthetic masterpiece and captured the optimism of modern travel when it was opened in 1962. However, the demands of our times deemed it largely impractical by the 2000s, and it was (sadly) taken out of service.

Normally closed to the public, the opportunity to get into the Flight Center presented itself again this past weekend, thanks to Open House New York. The fabled curvilinear air terminal is slated to become a restaurant/lobby for a new luxury boutique hotel, so I made sure I was there to experience the architecture in its raw beauty one last time.