The Saarinen designed TWA terminal at JFK airport embodies the optimism of the jet age. It seems like it is about to take off. Yet this year is the terminal’s fiftieth anniversary and it is still right there, too small and modest to be economically useful to the 21st century airline industry, beyond iconification. JetBlue has built a new terminal encircling it, proudly showing it off, jealously guarding it, nervously encasing it in glass and cautiously reaching out its arms to this beautiful relic.  

The image on the top was created with CGI by Happy Finish. Below are photos by Ezra Stoller (from 1962) and Thalassa! Thalassa! (from the present, seen from the JetBlue terminal).

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