TWA poised to become The Standard, Flight Center
September 22, 2013
A new purpose for another Eero Saarinen-designed landmark is coming into focus. Just last week the Port Authority of NY/NJ revealed publicly its negotiations with hotelier André Balazs to develop the TWA Terminal at JFK International Airport into a 150-room hotel and conference center. The center, which links to JetBlue’s terminal, will bring new life to the building and will include retail space, fitness center, a flight museum, and a restaurant. Balazs, who is widely known for his Standard Hotel chain including the one straddling the High Line, was quoted in The New York Post, “It is a great honor to be entrusted with the preservation and revitalization of this masterpiece by my personal architectural hero.” DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State has been a part of the Resource Advisory Committee for over a decade with the State Historic Preservation Office and other local preservation organizations, which provides comment on the impact of new design and the preservation of the historic flight center.
“Balazs tapped to develop JFK’s historic TWA Terminal,” Page Six, The New York Post, 9/13/2013