Elegant, expansive, sexy: Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center symbolized mid-century modernism and all of its optimism. Every detail spoke to the stylish hope coursing through the futuristic hub, from the red carpet lining the gateways and the thin-shell roof evoking an unfurled bird to the soaring windows overlooking the tarmac, framing flights as they left and landed from JFK Airport.
The icon – wings clipped by JetBlue’s T5, core preserved on the National Register of Historic Places – shuttered earlier this month, slated for resurrection as an airport hotel. So let’s raise a martini to this emblem of modernism (in a mod Gucci mini). Until we meet again.