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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
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse.

2. Containing or characterized by ellipsis.

3.
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
  • An air curtain is a method of containing oil spills. Air bubbling through a perforated pipe causes an upward water flow that slows the spread of oil. It can also be used to stop fish from entering polluted water. Also called a pneumatic barrier.
, protected from winds by a 200ft long glass screen adorned a·dorn  
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  
adj.
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.
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Title Annotation:Pan American airport terminal in disrepair
Author:PROKOSCH, CHRISTOPHER
Publication:The Architectural Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2000
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