An Abandoned Airport Returns From The Dead

Saturday July 14, 2018 Written by Emma

Sometimes, just sometimes, a property developer comes along with $265 million and turns abandoned airport porn into boutique hotel porn. This is the case with the long-abandoned Trans World Airlines (TWA) Terminal of JFK Airport in New York, also known as T5.


A victim of financial mismanagement, T5 was abandoned in 2001 when TWA declared bankruptcy. Since then, it has spent the past 17 years patiently waiting, with little hope of restoration, despite being one of America’s most celebrated examples of mid-century architecture. (We’ve even written about it before.)

Fast forward to 2018 and, according to the New York Times, the building of our (broken) dreams has been given a second chance at aviation royalty – this time as an airport hotel. New York City’s hotel mogul Tyler Morse is the man behind the project, and he has big plans to reopen the city’s landmark in 2019.

Boasting 519 luxuriously appointed rooms, the TWA Hotel will have first-class views of JFK’s runway and pay homage to mid-century design, with original furnishings, vintage posters and a business hub complete with working Polaroid Cameras and Olivetti Typewriters.

An ode to the 1960s, Morse’s development has restored the building’s sense of optimism for the future, and will pay tribute to aviation history. You can read more about the TWA Hotel – and presumably book a room when it finally opens – over here

Photos: Karsten Moran, New York Times