Saarinen and TWA: Break into the Terminal Time Forgot
Break into the JFK Terminal Time Forgot: Saarinen and TWA
My account of this trip was published by FATHOM and FORBES, along with the photographs I took from that day.
While the iconic and defunct Eero Saarinen / TWA Flight Center at JFK was undergoing renovations in 2010, my father’s friend Charles Kramer of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects had asked my father, an aviation historian and Port Authority veteran, to come through and check the details. Too ill at the time to attend, he sent me in his place with a stack of books and documents to give to Charles, and requested a report from me with photos and details. As a design fanatic, this was a dream come true. As my father’s daughter, this had a much deeper significance.
In September 2012, nearly two years since my father passed away, I was invited to return to visit the completed renovations. I spent the morning with Charles and my friend Tom Richmond, wandering through the empty, beautiful, and eerily silent space, taking in its swooping white forms and experiencing the awe of the space conceived of and beautifully carved out for a time when the experience of commercial flying was still new, exciting, and incredibly chic.
VENICE, California – I love sending postcards. More than that, I love receiving them. Getting a little photo and short note in the mail is a moment of joy in what is usually a stack of bills and solicitations. Postcards are purely for the recipient; they require no reply whatsoever. And at a time when all communication is instant, digital, and often reactive, a handwritten note on the back of a picture is a treasure.