Queens (WALK) - There’s a new list out of America’s most endangered historic places, and one of them is in our area.
The Worldport Terminal at Kennedy Airport (pictured above) is the famous building shaped like a flying saucer that was built by now-defunct Pan Am in 1960, and symbolized the future of air travel. It is now known as Terminal Three, and now that its last occupant, Delta Airlines, moved out last month, the Port Authority plans to demolish it.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has put the Worldport Terminal on its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, says the building still has many potential uses. Trust President Stephanie Meeks suggests demolishing the south concourse instead and using Worldport as a connecting facility between Terminals Two and Four; as a dedicated or premier terminal; or as an independent building open to the public containing a museum, restaurants, shops, aircraft observation space, airport employee daycare or other purposes.
“The distinctive flying-saucer shaped Worldport is one of the most recognizable places in the U.S. and represents an important chapter in aviation history,” said Meeks.
An online petition has been established to save the Worldport Terminal. To add your name, click here.
Other historic sites on the 2013 most endangered list, located across the nation, include the Astrodome in Houston and the James River in Virginia, the site of Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement in 1607.