Explore Closed Terminal – Video and Photos Below
NOW BEING MADE INTO A HOTEL
I had been to TWA as a kid forty years ago when relatives were passing through New York. On that day in 1972 my father took a couple of good photos of my sister on a stairway somewhere at the terminal. Look down toward the end of this post and you’ll see that I found the EXACT spots she was standing in, 40-something years later.
(Shaky iphone video.)
The TWA Flight Center was the pinnacle of 1960’s cool and style. The agents and flight attendants dressed exactly how you’d expect for the proud showpiece of TWA. The lounges are still there. The red plush carpet is, too. The red seating areas and the mind-blowing architectural angles and lines are there, and in great shape.
“Futuristic design” was a common architectural meme around the time of the New York World’s Fair. Today there are large areas where the carpet marks betray the outlines of equipment long since ripped out. Gone too, are aesthetic panels from the pubs and restaurants and wires come out of the floor in places but all in all it’s in VERY good condition. The final flight left in 2002. Since then it’s been a time capsule. The terminal may return to life as a Welcome Center, a hotel, or restaurant complex. Keep reading for lots of pictures.