Landmark New York airport terminal could become boutique hotel

NEW YORK CITY The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is soliciting proposals for a luxury boutique hotel inside the vacant TWA terminal at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

The landmark terminal, which has sat unused for 10 years, was designed by modernist Eero Saarinen, creator of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The architectural icon dates to the 1960s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Port Authority renovated the terminal for at a cost of US$20 million back in 2008. The organization envisions a 150-key hotel that would use the terminal as a dramatic lobby, with a new hotel tower wedged in the space between the terminal and the newly built JetBlue terminal right behind it.

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward tells The Wall Street Journal that the plans could result in a hotel with the “hippest, coolest-looking front office.”

Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal entrance
Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal entrance