A Jetson-like Boutique Hotel for JFK Airport?By Diana Cook
If the Port Authority of New York gets its way, you’ll soon be able to spend a Jetson-like evening at John F. Kennedy International airport. According to The Wall Street Journal, Port Authority is seeking developers to build a high-end boutique hotel in the iconic TWA flight terminal at New York’s JFK International Airport.
Designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen, the futuristic structure opened in 1962 as the original terminal for Trans World Airlines. The undulating staircases and elliptic windows of the gull-winged shaped building embody the distinct architecture of the jet-age. Both the interiors and the exteriors of the Saarinen terminal have historic landmark status and in 2005 the National Park Service listed the Trans World Flight Center on the National Register of Historic Places.
With this proposed project, the Port Authority hopes to recoup some of its $20 million investment to remove asbestos and restore interiors in the airport wing .