21 Aug 2020 TWA Hotel and Queens Regional Tour
SCA Lands at TWA Hotel in Queens for 2020 Regional Tour
Celebrate the SCA’s next regional tour by flying back to the 1950s in mid-century style in Queens, NY! We’re holding this event in conjunction with Beth “Mod Betty” Lennon’s Retro Roadmap, and the date for this passage back in time is June 5-7, 2020.
TWA Flight Center and Hotel will be our landing spot. The National Register Landmark and NYC Landmark is a mid-century modern masterpiece designed by Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche and others in the late 1950s. The building is “Romantic and voluptuary: soaring, sensuous, surreal, and for a long time, controversial,” according to the AIA Guide of New York.
The SCA’s opening reception will be at the hotel on Friday, June 5.
On Saturday, June 6, we explore two other NYC landmark historic air terminals. The Marina Air terminal located at LaGuardia Airport is the only active airport terminal dating from the first generation of passenger air travel in the U.S. This period is also referred to as “The Golden Age of the Flying Boat.” This art deco building is an NYC and National Register landmark that opened in 1939.
Floyd Bennett Field is a former airfield in southwest Brooklyn that was built in 1928. The airport initially hosted commercial and general aviation traffic before being used as a naval air station. In 1931, it became New York’s first municipal airport. There will be other stops on the tour, to be named later.
The SCA’s tour-de-force guide, Kevin Patrick, a geography professor at the University of Indiana at Pennsylvania, will explain the history of air transportation growth in NYC.
The SCA will take to the water for a Bridge, Architecture and Infrastructure boat tour on Sunday, June 7. The nautical journey will include engineering marvels of NYC’s fantastic, historic, and wildly different bridges. Our guide is an architectural historian, who will customize the tour to include the event’s theme: NYC’s 20th-century air transportation history.
Registration details coming soon.