Moline, IL - Virtual Advisory Services Panel
At the invitation of Renew Moline, a volunteer team of ULI members convened virtually in April 2021...
The TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen & Associates for Trans World Airlines at New York’s JFK International Airport, is one of the most significant examples of midcentury modern architecture. Completed in 1962, the Flight Center is a symbol of expressive idealism and Saarinen’s genius.
Yet it was virtually obsolete on opening day. Sized for 100-passenger prop aircraft, not jets, the structure’s inflexibility prevented modifications to adapt to the changing aviation industry. After alterations and deferred maintenance, the building was abandoned in 2002. Passion for the building and its architect drove MCR/MORSE to lead a restoration that celebrates its true era: 1962. Contemporary technology and design reinvigorate, not compromise, its character.
Today, the Flight Center is the cornerstone of a 6.5-acre campus. Filled with 512 guestrooms, restaurants such as the Paris Café by Jean-Georges, a rooftop pool and observation deck, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, a food hall, complimentary museum exhibits and era–appropriate activations (a Twister Room with a life-size version of the game, 1960s automobiles), the landmark is alive again.