An original hidden terminal at Newark Airport

The trio of New York airports – John F. Kennedy International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport – all occupy different spaces in the heart of New Yorkers. The recent renovations at LaGuardia Airport could change aviators’ preferences. Still, Newark Liberty International Airport, the country’s oldest airfield, has its own secrets.

Since its inception on October 1, 1928, Newark Liberty International Airport has served as a landing pad for domestic, international, military and postal flights. The first plane to land in Newark, a four-passenger monoplane, graced the runway in August of this year. Commercial aircraft would follow in the coming months after the airport was completed. The plane originated in Washington, DC and has set a precedent for thousands of planes that have followed its wheel tracks.

1. Newark Liberty International Airport has an Art Deco terminal

Newark Building 1 lobby

The original terminal of Newark Airport, built in 1935, was designed in an Art Deco style. This building, called Building 1, no longer functions as a terminal. However, architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle led efforts to transform it into a home for the port authority police, airport administration offices, an operations center, and rescue and fire departments. This building is a National Historic Landmark.

The original entrance to the building is hidden in a courtyard as airport management relocated the entire building by half a mile due to the possibility of a runway extension. During the move, the building was divided into thirds and later put back together again. The building, which has since expanded 70,000 square feet, still contains the Art Deco style decor as well as elements of verticality. Art Deco lettering and semicircles characterize the entrance to the building. Public visitors can visit the lobby with historical exhibits about the airport and aviation.

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June 7, 2021