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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 11:05 AM

Hotel at iconic TWA terminal will evoke glamour of jet age

It's good this iconic building is being saved and put to good use.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/hotel-iconic-twa-terminal-evoke-glamour-jet-age-202712300.html

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"NEW YORK (AP) — When it opened in 1962, the sleek TWA terminal at New York's Kennedy Airport was the embodiment of jet-age style. Now, construction is underway to transform the landmark into a $265 million hotel that will conjure the same glamour, smack in the middle of an airport better known for controlled chaos than comfort.

The hotel, being built by New York-based MCR Development, will include two new buildings with 505 rooms, a rooftop pool, an observation deck where guests can watch planes take off and a museum stocked with artifacts, including uniforms lent by former TWA flight attendants.

But the starring feature will be the long-closed TWA Flight Center, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. The center will be preserved, along with its Charles Eames furniture and Noguchi fountain, as the hotel's lobby.

"I've loved the TWA building since as far back as I can remember. It's such an incredible structure," said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR Development. "It's this cacophony of midcentury modern design all under one roof," he said. "To bring that back to life was very exciting."

The gull-winged terminal, which looked like something out of the TV show "The Jetsons" and opened the same year as the animated series, was a symbol of flight and a favorite project of Saarinen, who also designed the St. Louis Gateway Arch. It closed in 2001 when TWA was acquired by American Airlines.

The iconic structure is protected by the city as a landmark and can't be torn down, but its destiny was uncertain before the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the region's major airports, began soliciting bids for a hotel operator several years ago.

MCR, which owns 94 hotels in 24 states, was the winning bidder with JetBlue, a 5 percent minority owner."

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 02:29 PM

1. I was watching an episode of McCloud this past weekend that featured the terminal.

It really was a different age for flying. Nice to know it's not being torn down.

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Response to cologeek (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 03:09 PM

2. I picked up my then sister-in-law there

At least 20 years ago. It felt like you were stepping into the 2001: a Space Odyssey Hilton in orbit.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 07:41 AM

3. I'm looking forward

to seeing the results of the rehab. It should be stunning.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 12:51 PM

4. There it is - my Ellis Island!

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Response to Jardinier (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 13, 2017, 01:09 PM

5. My wife's too!

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