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!