MIAMI – If you’ve been to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) lately, you may have seen that construction and restoration are well underway at the 1962 Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center.
The Historic terminal is being transformed into a 505-guest room hotel with two new wings beginning to rise in just a few weeks and expected to open in January of 2019
For those that can’t wait till 2019, MCR Development, the company behind the project, is giving a sneak peek, or some would say a step back in time, as they have opened an Event Space themed after Saarinen design on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center.
They have spared no expense on detail at the TWA Hotel Event Space. The tile is designed to specifications, the carpet is remnants of the terminals original carpet, the Solari split flap board is operational.
I hear there are only two companies in the world that still make them. TWA posters align the walls showing destinations the airline once serviced. The furniture is Saarinen designed.
Now you may be asking yourself, why put the lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center?
Well, there’s only one answer and if you’re a true AvGeek you’ll probably know it.
According to the developers, it’s the only place in the city where you have an angle high enough to see JFK Airport, just 12 miles away. And sure, with the naked eye or a peek through the binoculars, you can see planes departing off the bay runway (31L).
TWA holds a special place for many in the aviation community and many have donated items to a small museum in one of the adjacent rooms.
1960’s TWA memorabilia includes original uniforms, luggage tags, magazines, dining sets and an icebreaker found during excavation. The museum will eventually move to hotel when it opens.
So in 2017 history is alive as you step back in time on the 86th floor of the World Trade Center at the TWA Hotel Lounge.