TWA Hotel: Bringing Back the Glory Days of Aviation to JFK

The iconic TWA Terminal at JFK is being transformed into a mid-century modern inspired hotel.
The iconic TWA Terminal at JFK is being transformed into a mid-century modern inspired hotel.

The John F. Kennedy Airport in New York is receiving a new addition to its landmark former TWA Terminal. The TWA Flight Center at Kennedy International Airport is now being remade into a retro hotel that is planned to open in 2019.

Hotelier Tyler Morse is pioneering the project of having the first hotel within walking distance of the various terminals at Kennedy International Airport. Morse is said to be attempting to embrace the style and glamour that surrounded aviation in the past.

Plans for World’s Largest Lobby

The hotel will feature the world's largest lobby!
The hotel will feature the world’s largest lobby!

The hotel is set to live up to glorious standards with the plans for the lobby. The plans for the hotel lobby are to create the largest hotel lobby in the world.

The lobby is set to be 200,000 square feet with a museum inside that is celebrating mid-century design, the dawn of the jet age, and the terminal itself.

The Flagship Terminal

The TWA Terminal at Kennedy Airport opened in 1962 when the Trans World Airlines opened its flagship terminal at the JFK location. Morse hopes to capture the atmosphere and glory of this time in his upcoming hotel.

The original structure of the terminal, the gull-wing-shaped structure, is made of steel and concrete and reminiscent of flight. It was built by the famous Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, and his original intention for the structure was that the airport guests would catch sight of it and this would initiate the beginning of their journey.

For a long period of time, Trans World Airlines was the United States’ sole airline with both domestic and international routes that could be taken.

Past Failed Renovations

Renovations of the terminal had been planned over the years, but these were never carried out. It became increasingly difficult for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to find someone who could salvage the space.

The terminal had been considered for a hotel and conference center in 2013, but this fell through, as well. It continued to sit as a beloved landmark.

Bringing Back the Glory Days

After Morse took on the daunting project, plans for the hotel started to come together. The hotel is now planned to embody the time period that planes were flying out of the TWA Terminal.

Mid-century modern is the look for the new TWA hotel at JFK.
Mid-century modern is the look for the new TWA hotel at JFK. 

The 512 rooms are set to be both evocative and nostalgic with rotary dial phones, iconic mid-century modern architecture, and TaB sodas in the mini-bars.

The TWA Hotel will also include six different restaurants and eight bars. One of the bars, a cocktail bar, will be located within a redone Lockheed “Constellation” aircraft. This particular aircraft was a staple of the TWA fleet in the 50s and 60s.

Aviation and architectural enthusiasts are anxiously awaiting all of the emerging details about the construction and completion of this historic location’s new hotel.

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