The TWA Flight Center, Eero Saarinen’s mid-Century Modern masterpiece will be open during OHNY Weekend on Sunday, October 18, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
OHNY Weekend is likely to be last time the TWA Flight Center will be open to the public in its current form.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s Board of Commissioners recently approved at 75-year lease agreement to remake Eero’s Saarien’s TWA Flight Center and its nearly six-acre site in to JFK’s only onsite airport hotel, designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects in collaboration with Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners.
“The TWA Flight Center is not only one of OHNY Weekend’s most popular sites, but it is also a New York City treasure,” said Gregory Wessner, executive director of Open House New York.
“We have been honored to be able to work with the Port Authority since 2011 to allow the public access, and look forward to opening its doors to the public once last time before it is reimagined as a hotel.”
Jim Steven, manager of JFK’s Physical Plant and Redevelopment of the PANYNJ, will be on-site on Sunday to discuss the historic building and its on-going restoration process with Beyer Blinder Belle.
In 2014, over 4,000 OHNY participants walked through the terminal’s cavernous spaces to experience first-hand, this iconic symbol of the jet-age. Visiting the TWA Flight Center during OHNY Weekend has become a tradition for pilots, flight attendants, former employees of TWA and other airlines and aviation enthusiasts, to visit the TWA Flight Center dressed in their old TWA uniforms.
The TWA Flight Center is one of several highly coveted sites open during OHNY Weekend. It is an Open Access site, and can be visited free-of-charge during open hours without reservations. For more information on OHNY Weekend sites open to the public, visit ohny.org.