TWA 1-compressed Photo: Seamus Murray/Flickr

JFK’s TWA terminal was an architectural marvel of the 1960s. Designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, its neofuturistic style was cutting-edge. Inside, it offered modern innovations like electronic doors and jetways.

While the iconic terminal was shuttered in 2001, the National Trust for Historic Preservation spared it from demolition.

And now this month, JetBlue and MCR Development announced plans to convert the landmark terminal into a stunning hotel.

The airline and the hotel operator will construct a 505-room building behind the terminal while the terminal itself will serve as the hotel lobby. It will also preserve a 10,000-square-foot observation deck, as well as the iconic terminal facade.

The groundbreaking is set for 2016, with hopes for a 2018 opening.

The Port Authority selected MCR and JetBlue after a multi-year process of proposals.

“First-class hotels are a mark of a 21st-century airport and JFK and LaGuardia are among the very few major airports without this amenity…We applaud the Port Authority for moving ahead with plans to develop the iconic TWA Flight Center, because it’s past time for a smart use for the building and for an on-airport hotel available to millions of JFK passengers,” said Joe Sitt, chairman of New York-New Jersey airport advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance.

This will be JetBlue’s first public hotel. It also operates a hotel in Orlando, but it is only used for employees.

Luckily for history and development buffs, Open House New York included the terminal in its 2011 curation and photographer Seamus Murray extensively documented the building. Take a look at these photographs showcasing the terminal’s iconic design.

TWA 4-compressed Photo: Seamus Murray/Flickr

TWA 3-compressed Photo: Seamus Murray/Flickr

TWA 5-compressed Photo: XYZ+T/Flickr

TWA 2 Photo: Seamus Murray/Flickr

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