Sad News for Atompunks everywhere: the glorious Googie-style Pan Am Worldport(TM) terminal at JFK International Airport in New York is being demolished.
Despite a monumental effort by conservationists and enthusiasts, the UFO-like Space Age terminal is being demolished to make way for what I can only assume will be yet another souless corridor of carpet and bench-style seating occasionally interrupted by overpriced fast food chains and magazine shops. Yet another reminder of aviation's glorious past comes crashing down.
This tragedy of architectural destruction, though undoubtedly based in practical commercial considerations, marks yet another loss of a modern style building making such Jet Age/Space Age architecture, much like Art Deco, an endagered species and a growing loss to our shared cultural heritage.
Alas, most of us only discovered this too late. If you know of a unique building under threat, please share and spread the word. They're worth saving.
Images from Paleofuture Blog on Gizmodo. Original sources: JFK terminal in use from Life magazine and JFK terminal demolition from Twitter user @e_russell on July 21, 2013.