Preservation Issues

Former TWA Terminal Update

TWA Terminal

Wall Street Journal Story Feb. 7


UPDATE: Jan 30, 2012

The Port Authority has asked Conservancy’s Technical director Alex Herrera to be part of an advisory panel that will review proposed plans for the adaptive reuse of the landmark former TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport. The panel will also include a representative from the State Historic Preservation Office.

The terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, is one of the most photographed and widely admired Modernist buildings in the country. The Conservancy has long championed an adaptive reuse as the best way to preserve the original features and character of the building. Built when air travel was a completely different experience, the building does not meet any of the modern needs of an airline terminal and would have to undergo disfiguring major alterations to serve its original function.

The Port Authority has solicited proposals to adapt the terminal into a small, 21st century airport hotel. After a lengthy RFP process, a developer and design team have been selected. The work will not adversely affect any of the building’s landmark spaces and significant features, all of which have been recently restored.

We look forward to taking part in this latest phase, which will reopen the terminal to the public and bring new life to a landmark that the Conservancy has worked so long to save and preserve.

February 2011

The Conservancy has always had a place at the table at the Section 106 review meetings involving the former TWA Terminal (Eero Saarinen, 1963). Along with other Consulting Parties we have advised the Port Authority and their consultants on the restoration of the landmark terminal as well as the construction of the new Jet Blue terminal directly behind it.

Now, in its efforts to find a sympathetic new use for the terminal, the Port Authority is set to release a Request for Proposal to turn the landmark, at least in part, to a boutique hotel. The central portion of the terminal will remain open to the public and will provide internal access to the new Jet Blue terminal as well as to restaurants and other concessions. In terms of an adaptive reuse, we look forward to taking part of those discussions and doing our best to assure that the new use does not adversely impact the landmark.

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