Photo via the  Library of Congress .

Photo via the Library of Congress.



Do you have a memory of the TWA Flight Center you’d like to share? Open House New York and Urban Archive have teamed up to launch TWA Stories, a new initiative to capture the site-specific personal histories embedded in this modernist masterpiece.

Hailed as the “Grand Central of the Jet Age,” Eero Saarinen’s landmark building welcomed hundreds of thousands of travelers to JFK Airport from 1962 through 2001. Whether you first experienced the chili pepper red-carpeted flight tubes as a traveler in the ‘60s, or as an OHNY Weekend visitor, including in 2015 when more than 10,000 people toured the building, we invite you to submit your memories in the form of photographs and personal stories.  

Submissions will be accepted between April 1 and April 22. At the end of the month, Urban Archive and Open House New York will select 10 photographs and stories to add to Urban Archive’s permanent, citywide archival collection and to be featured on Open House New York’s digital channels. Selected photographs will be announced on May 15, 2019. All individuals who submit will be entered to win one of five Open House New York year-round memberships.


Who is Open House New York?
Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city. Through its year-round programs and the annual OHNY Weekend, Open House New York celebrates the best examples of design and planning throughout the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, and helps foster a more informed conversation about how architecture and urban design sustain New York as a vibrant place to live, work, and learn. Open House New York is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

What is TWA Stories, anyway?
TWA Stories is a new initiative that captures the site-specific personal histories embedded in this modernist masterpiece. It’s a chance for you to share your TWA memories in the form of photographs and personal stories with our community and add them to the Urban Archive app!

Who is eligible to submit?
We invite anyone with a TWA story or photograph to participate in this initiative.

What kinds of submissions are you looking for?
Any and all of them! You can submit a TWA photo + story or just a story from the time period when the building was in operation (1962-2001), or memories from 2015 when the building reopened for an OHNY Weekend. You must own all rights to photographs submitted.

How do I apply?
Submit your TWA Stories here.

How many TWA photos/stories can I submit?
You can submit up to four photographs.

How many photo/stories will be added to the Urban Artchive app?
We will select 10 photographs to add to Urban Archive’s permanent, citywide archival collection.

Are there any important dates I should know?
April 1, 2019: submission window opens
April 22, 2019: submission window closes
April 30, 2019: selections announced
May 15, 2019: selections added to the Urban Archive app

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April 1, 2019 
Submission window opens

April 22, 2019
Submission window closes

April 30, 2019 
Selection announced

May 16, 2019 
Selections added to the Urban Archive app