According to Bloomberg, the derelict former Trans World Airlines terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will be transformed into a 500-room hotel with shops, conference space and a spa. The development will be carried out by MCR Development LLC, an operator of Hilton and Marriott hotels, and JetBlue Airways Corp.
The investment in the project is said to be a massive $265 million and the project is set to open late 2018.
The TWA Flight Center was built in 1962 and served as the airline’s terminal until 2001, when it declared bankruptcy and stopped operating. The now-vacant building was declared a national historic landmark in 2005 and you can see a hyperlapse of pictures of how the TWA terminal looks now from Curbed on Vimeo below.
At this point one can only guess what will eventually be inside. It seems likely that a JFK TWA Marriott or a JFK Hilton will be planned in. Perhaps it will be named TWA Hilton at New York by Eero Saarinen in honour of this iconic architect? Whatever the name, it will certainly be interesting to watch this amazing building coming back to life.
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