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TWA Terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport

TWA Terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport
TWA Terminal, John F. Kennedy International Airport

The new Jet Blue terminal is nearing completion and will be connected to the Saarinen building through the two historic “Flight Tubes” that originally brought passengers to the departure gates. Efforts to save a portion of the original departures waiting room, dubbed “the trumpet” due to its flaring floorplan, was commenced but then abandoned when the Port Authority petitioned the State Historic Preservation Office and other members of the RAC to allow it to use the monies allocated to the trumpet to instead begin in the restoration of the Saarinen terminal proper.

The restoration of the Saarinen terminal, overseen by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, will include repairs to the roof and drainage systems, removal of later unsympathetic accretions, and asbestos abatement of the enormous ceiling over the lower and upper lobbies. It will also include restoration of the original flooring, seating areas, and even the flight information board and information desk.