Go See The Legendary TWA Terminal 5 At JFK – Thanks To Open House New York – Sunday 10/16/11, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

14 Oct

It’s a fantastic opportunity that doesn’t come along often enough!

Thanks to Open House New York (aka OHNY), this Sunday afternoon you can visit the historic landmark – and see inside and out – the glorious architecture of Eero Saarinen – the renowned Finnish architect and designer.

Froggy and I visited it ourselves a few years ago, but we didn’t get to go inside.

If you don’t know Eero Saarinen’s name, you know his work.

He designed the Tulip Chair in 1956.

And he designed the St. Louis Arch in 1947 (it was completed in 1965).

Saarinen was commissioned in 1956 to design the terminal – he was asked to “capture the spirit of flight” – and the completed terminal was dedicated May 28, 1962 — a year after the architect’s death.

I have not yet had the pleasure of seeing the inside of the terminal (which is currently being renovated and may be turned into a hotel), so I am using the following two photographs from the OHNY blog, where you can learn more about this great opportunity on Sunday afternoon to tour this magnificent building.

Also from the OHNY blog – you can get these directions to the airport:

E train to Jamaica Station. Transfer to the Airtrain. Take the AirTrain to JetBlue Terminal 5. Walk through the skywalk into the JetBlue Terminal. (Great photo opportunity here of the TWA Terminal.) Take the escalator or the elevator down to the ground level. Near Carousel 6 (baggage claim area), enter the TWA Terminal through the glass doors. It takes an hour to get to JFK from most parts of the city and another 15 minutes to get from Terminal 5 to the TWA Flight Center.  You will be entering the TWA Terminal through Flight Wing One.

Thanks OHNY. I plan on trying to stuff this weekend with as many of the tours that I can.

But I won’t miss seeing Terminal 5!

They don’t make them like this anymore…

And Froggy just can’t wait!! He can barely control himself!




7 Responses to “Go See The Legendary TWA Terminal 5 At JFK – Thanks To Open House New York – Sunday 10/16/11, 1:00 – 4:00 PM”

  1. Johnny D October 14, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Froggy knows best!

  2. CJBuildsLLC October 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    I wish I could go. This is one of my favorite Saarinen buildings and I have never been inside. Totally jealous of all those who get to see this. Oh well, I will just have to take comfort in the fact that I live right down the street from the Dulles airport and can get my Saarinen fix at any time I want.

    • sallanscorner October 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, CJBuilds. Check back next week, hopefully I’ll have some pictures to share.

    • m kalmonson December 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm #

      DFW is one of the worst airports no matter how pretty the buildings are..I wish Froggy would “plunk his magic twanger” and make it disappear.

  3. Jeff McNeal December 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    I worked in that terminal from 1978 to 1987 and it was just awesome. Oh the fond memories of Trans World Airlines.

    • sallanscorner December 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      Jeff – we would SO LOVE to hear any stories that you’d be able to share about working in this glorious space – if you’re up to it, please tell!!! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!!


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