JFK’s Terminal Six, Designed by I. M. Pei, to Be Demolished


In what the New York Times calls “arguably … the most significant loss of a transportation building in New York since Pennsylvania Station was razed in the early 1960s,” Terminal Six at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be torn down. Designed by I. M. Pei, who along with his partners created the Javits Center, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the terminal was opened in 1969, and is credited as a great triumph in transparency and horizontal modernist design. The vacant space was said to cost the Port Authority $600,000 per year and is now “needed for the improvements that will better serve travelers and help reduce delays.” At least part of it will become a parking lot.

A Modern Masterpiece, No Longer Used, Will Soon Disappear at Kennedy Airport [City Room/NYT]