TWA Terminal, JFK

Trans World Airlines commissioned architect Eero Saarinen to design their flagship terminal the TWA Flight Center, at New York's Idlewild (now JFK) Airport. The building opened in 1962 and served TWA until its demise and purchase by American Airlines in 2001. These photos were taken by me on a trip to New York in 1998; the terminal was still in use, but its heyday was long gone and it was pretty deserted. It is now closed, but reportedly under some type of restoration for jetBlue operations.

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  • Evan McCausland 7y

    I love Saarinen's work.

    My favorite has to be the stuff he did for GM's Technical Center in Warren, Mich. I have no photos of my own, but when I interviewed a man for the RTS book, we met in the lobby of the R&D building - which looks like this:




    To GM's credit, they've done a great job of preserving Saarinen's designs nearly a half-century after their creation. To their detriment, the vast majority of us will never see that gorgeous art installation.
  • So Cal Metro 7y

    Wow, that is beautiful...I love the staircase. The difference between the two buildings is striking. The GM Tech ctr has very clean and formal lines, while the TWA terminal is much more flowing and organic. Both are really spectacular, I'm glad at least the GM building is preserved. (We'll see how well jetBlue preserves the integrity off the terminal design at JFK).
  • Dan Macy 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Artifacts and Holdovers, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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