The old TWA terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy
International Airport will retain the name of the defunct carrier when it is
redeveloped into a 505-room hotel.
The TWA Hotel, which is being built by New York-based MCR
Development (JetBlue Airways has a 5% stake in the project), will cost about
$265 million. MCR anticipates an opening by the end of 2018.
The project will include the restoration of the 54-year-old
terminal into a public space that will include as many as eight restaurants and
bars as well as the addition of two buildings set back from the original
Other amenities will include 50,000 square feet of meeting
space, a 10,000-square-foot observation deck and an old Lockheed Constellation plane
MCR announced the project last year after reaching an
agreement for a 75-year lease with the Port Authority of New York & New
Jersey. The project is next to JFK’s Terminal 5.
The TWA terminal was designed by Finnish architect Eero
Saarinen, whose other projects included the St. Louis Gateway Arch and Washington
Dulles International Airport’s main terminal. The terminal opened at what was
then called Idlewild Airport in 1962, the year after Saarinen’s death.
The terminal shut down in 2001, the year TWA was acquired by
American Airlines. The building was added to the National Register of Historic
Places in 2005.
MCR has either bought or developed 91 hotels, including
Manhattan’s High Line Hotel.