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TBT: This Old Terminal Turned Hotel Will Exhibit Relics On-Site

TBT: This Old Terminal Turned Hotel Will Exhibit Relics On-Site
Jackie Reddy

Eero Saarinen’s world-famous TWA Flight Center at JFK has been shut since 2001, but is soon due to be revamped and reopened as a chic hotel. In addition to featuring over 500 guestrooms, the property will also have an in-house museum celebrating the history and glamour of Trans World Airlines (TWA).

Closed since 2001, the TWA Flight Center at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is due to be restored and reopened as the TWA Hotel on May 15th. In addition to featuring over 500 guestrooms, half a dozen restaurants and views of JFK, this facility will also play host to an array of exhibitions curated by the New-York Historical Society.

The Eero Saarinen-designed terminal, which has been redeveloped by hotel owner-operator MCR/Morse Development, will feature an on-site museum. This space, explained the hotel in a statement, “…will allow visitors to experience the Jet Age through authentic artifacts, interactive displays and personal narratives.”

Donated by employees of TWA or their relatives, there will 2,010 artifacts on display. These items – which include uniforms, furniture and even the terminal’s blueprints – tell the story of this iconic airline. On the back of these donations, MCR/Morse Development has worked with the society and an archivist to create these exhibitions.

Offering his comments, Mike Thornton, a curator with the New-York Historical Society, said, “The Saarinen terminal is a monument to the optimism and vision of the Jet Age. These exhibitions invite people into the glamour and fun that Saarinen and TWA worked so hard to create and foster.”

Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner of MCR and MORSE Development, spoke of the partnership, saying, “We want our guests and visitors to fully engage with both the history of this building and the remarkable story of TWA. In just a few months, people will not only fill this landmark again, but also take away a greater appreciation of where it all began.”

The TWA is JFK’s only on-site hotel.

[Image Source: TWA Hotel, Images shown with consent]

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  1. Neal

    March 15, 2019 at 5:30 am

    How cool! This is a hotel I must visit. When the FF programs took off in the 80s, TWA was my program of choice. My favorite redemption was the “TWE” award.
    It was a round trip first class ticket to Europe PLUS
    a first class upgrade from the lowest coach fare. The upgrade could be used by a travel companion or you could use it yourself on a future trip. The cost of this award was a measly 50,000 miles and I redeemed a total nine of them. Those were the days!!

  2. bvb

    March 15, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I was driving from Boston to NYC about six weeks ago, and passed a “wide load” truck carrying the body of the Connie headed for the TWA term. I deeply regret not getting a picture.

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