TWA Hotel: Reinventing an Icon

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This OHNY Weekend, Open House New York invites you to a special afternoon of talks and performances to celebrate the opening of the TWA Hotel.

When it opened in 1962, Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center became an immediate international sensation and for decades epitomized the glamour and excitement of the Jet Age. Closed in 2001 when TWA Airlines ceased operations, the building sat vacant and unused for years (except for the one day a year the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey opened it for OHNY Weekend), until 2015 when MCR and Morse Development won the contract to transform the building into a hotel. Today, Saarinen’s icon is restored and serves as the centerpiece for a new 512-room hotel and conference center, with restaurants, bars, shops, and other amenities.

Join us to hear the behind-the-scenes stories of how an army of designers, engineers, contractors, electricians, and others brought this iconic building back to life. The afternoon will also include performances of four new musical compositions inspired by the TWA Flight Center, commissioned by Open House New York and Access Contemporary Music to celebrate the building’s reopening. This will be the only time these four pieces will ever be performed together in public.

Reinventing an Icon
A panel discussion with
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP
INC Architecture & Design
Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects
Stonehill Taylor

WIth special performances
Uplift, music by Seth Boustead
Eero, music by Stephanie Ann Boyd
Elision Fields, music by Ed Windels
Palimpsest: Thin Shell Structure, music by Anthony R. Green


Space is limited and tickets are required for this event.
OHNY Members: $5
General Admission: $20
Please note: Family with children are welcome to attend. Lap infants who will be sitting on an adult’s lap can attend free of charge. All other children are required to have tickets for their own seats.

The TWA Hotel is accessible to people using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. CART, ASL interpretation, and induction loop technology can be provided upon request. To request accommodations, please contact OHNY by October 12 via email at To read the TWA Hotel’s statement on accessibility, visit

TWA Hotel
Terminal 5
John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, New York 11430

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