The extraordinary Pan American terminal (Worldport) at JFK International Airport in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of is now sadly under the threat of demolition. Designed in 1958 by Walter Prokosch of Tibbetts Abbott McCarthy Stratton, it has great historical and formal significance. Among other innovations, it was the first jet terminal to provide shelter for embarking passengers under an elliptical el·lip·tic or el·lip·ti·cal
1. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse.
2. Containing or characterized by ellipsis.
a. four acre cantilever roof. Passengers would watch their aircraft nose up to the perimeter glass wall and then cross over by open, elevated bridges. The ground level was freed for servicing and baggage handling. Entrance to the building was through a 100ft wide air curtain
tr.v. a·dorned, a·dorn·ing, a·dorns
1. To lend beauty to: "the pale mimosas that adorned the favorite promenade" Ronald Firbank.
2. with large bronzes. These sculptures, by Milton Hebald, now gather dust in a Port Authority hangar. In a time when air travel now approaches bus travel in levels of grimness and banality, the terminal is a marvellous reminder of a more civilized civ·i·lized
1. Having a highly developed society and culture.
2. Showing evidence of moral and intellectual advancement; humane, ethical, and reasonable: , leisurely era, when people dressed up to fly and had proper meals from menus. Elegant in its simplicity and scale, the Pan Am terminal provided a memorable gateway to New York and certainly deserves preservation and re-use.