by Susmita Baral | September 29, 2017
New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport is home to the iconic Trans World Flight Center, a terminal that debuted in 1962 and was designed by modern architect Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines (TWA). The historic landmark terminal, which ceased operations in 2001 after TWA filed for bankruptcy, is now undergoing a restoration that will see the reopening of the terminal to the public in 2019 as TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. 
On Thursday night, Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR Development, the investment firm overseeing the project, opened the TWA Lounge. The lounge features the look and feel of the original terminal and is located on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center. The space showcases the plans of the $265 million project, including new renderings of the hotel, a gallery of vintage TWA memorabilia, and views of JFK Airport, which sits 12 miles east of the lounge. It's also the office for the boutique hotel's meeting and events sales team.
The new venture is slated to preserve key design features of Saarinen's mid-century terminal, including the iconic "head house," which will serve as the front of the hotel complex. When the hotel is complete -- it is expected to be finished by the end of 2018 -- the structure will have two "wings" behind the head house that will collectively hold 505 rooms. It will also have a museum, a 10,000-square-foot observation deck with views of planes taking off, a rooftop swimming pool, eight food and beverage outlets, and 50,000 square feet of conference, events, and meetings space. 
The TWA terminal, located next to Terminal 5, was declared a New York City landmark in 1994 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the New York State Register of Historic Places in 2005. The TWA Hotel will be officially under construction next week.