I consider the TWA Flight Center at New York Kennedy Airport, designed by Eero Saarinen, to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It is now a hotel and I recently spent my layover at JFK hanging out there.
TWA Hotel Photo Essay
With three hours between flights and a conference call scheduled right in the middle of it, after landing from Los Angeles I headed right over to TWA Hotel, which includes two new guest room towers as well as the fully restored TWA Flight Center, a former terminal hub for Trans World Airlines.
You might recall I snuck into the TWA Flight Center several years ago, just before construction began. You can review that photo essay here. While much has changed, the essential elements did not change: the wing-shaped roof, the Y-piers, the soaring windows, the red-carpeted, tube-shaped corridors connecting the hotel to what is now the JetBlue terminal (Terminal 5).
The hotel, featuring food stalls on the lobby (ticketing) level, a beautiful seating area on the main level, and a restaurant, bar, and Ambassador Lounge on the upper level, is a sight to behold, even during a limited layover.
Head outside and you can walk around (and once the pandemic subsidies, enjoy a drink inside) a vintage Lockheed Constellation. It has been fully restored and adds to the uniqueness of this property.
Because I was not a guest at this hotel, I did not gain access to the rooftop pool deck. One of these trips I will spend the night (after the Constellation bar and Intelligentsia coffee shop re-opens). So consider this the first installment. All I can say is that as impressive as these pictures are, this terminal is even more impressive in person.
What are your memories of the TWA Flight Center? Did you ever fly TWA from JFK?