Trans World Airlines Flight Center

Also known as: TWA Terminal 5
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York


Street Views 


The TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, opened in May 1962, is a significant example of mid-20th century modern architecture, engineering, and airline terminal planning. A masterpiece of expressionist architecture, it was designed by Eero Sarinen, one of the preeminent architects of mid-century modernism in America, as a direct rebuttal to the abstracted rectilinear forms of the International Style which dominated corporate American architecture in the 1950s. The Terminal was a carefully considered response to the conditions at New York International Airport (now JFK), specifically the Terminal City master plan adopted by the Port Authority of New York in 1955. Its use of satellite passenger loading areas was an influential innovation in airport terminal design. Linked to the historical development of JFK Airport, the history of the TWA Company, and airport design, the TWA terminal has made a significant contribution to the history of American air travel. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS NY-6371)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 7, 2005
Reference number
Architectural styles
Modern Movement; Other architectural type; Expressionistic
Areas of significance
Architecture; Engineering; Transportation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Period of significance

Update Log 

  • February 2, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett