UPDATE JULY 19, 2013
The ad was published and appeared in the New York Times page A18 on July 19, 2013. Sincerest thanks to everyone who contributed. Even though we did not meet our goal, we did earn enough to:
1) Publish a press release on July 10, 2013 ($1360 + $195 fee)
2) Publish a 1/8th page New York Times ad on July 19. 2013 ($5580)
Out of the $7628 we raised, our net after Indiegogo platform and credit card fees was $6692.95.
We exceeded our budget by $442.05, which was covered by one of our team members.
The press release is viewable here:
A PDF copy of the ad is available here:
HELP TELL DELTA AIR LINES AND THE PORT AUTHORITY TO STOP DEMOLISHING HISTORY!
For over two years, our campaign has sought to save the iconic Worldport – pushing for the historic flying saucer-shaped terminal to be preserved, restored, re-purposed and operated for revenue-generating aviation or non-aviation public uses.
We are only asking to save the historic saucer section, whose four-acre roof and less than two-acre footprint take up very little of the 48-acre terminal property. The rear extension of the terminal can still be demolished to provide adequate aircraft staging and parking area as per the existing redevelopment plan!
On June 19, 2013, the National Trust for Historic Preservation gave us our biggest boost yet, placing the Worldport on its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. This was a significant victory for our cause, as the Trust agrees wholeheartedly with our arguments for preservation, which include the following:
- This magnificent structure is a striking example of Mid-Century Modern design and function that deserves to be saved, restored and re-used – preserving the unique character of JFK International Airport from a bygone era while still serving as a viable airport terminal or for other services.
- Opened in May 1960 as the home of legendary Pan American World Airways, the Worldport still serves as a showcase for Jet Age International travel – and still embodies the excitement of exploring an ever shrinking world – a purpose which it can easily continue to serve!
- The structure has seen more than its fair share of history, welcoming historic figures of all stripes: everyone from the Beatles to Martin Luther King Jr. to Winston Churchill has passed underneath its iconic cantilevered roof.
- As with the TWA Flight Center, the Worldport has served as the visible face of JFK International Airport for many years, and it has been featured in countless movies, television shows, and newspaper and magazine stories. Its loss would mean the permanent alteration of the New York landscape.
WE NEED YOUR HELP FOR THE FINAL PUSH TO PREVENT THE LOSS OF AN IRREPLACEABLE JET AGE ICON!
Even as we mobilize for this final push, the building is fighting for its life. Demolition equipment has been moved to the location, and some exploratory work on abating hazardous materials in the structure has begun to take its toll.
But some of this abatement work on the structure would be needed for a restoration – so the end is not yet here. There is still some time – but we need as much support and attention as possible to push this campaign over the top and convince Delta Air Lines and the Port Authority that the public wants to see this building stay.
Now is the time to concentrate all efforts and unleash the power of the public’s imagination.
TO THIS END, WE HAVE DECIDED TO RUN A CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN WITH THE GOAL OF RAISING SUFFICIENT FUNDS TO PUBLISH AN ILLUSTRATED AD IN THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Given the recent surge in media attention to our cause, we believe our best approach is to focus solely on drawing additional media and public attention. We believe that the time is right to ride the crest of a growing wave – but we need your help to do it.
- Our goal is to raise sufficient contributions through crowdfunding to place an illustrated ad in the New York Times, informing the general public of what's happening, and why the building should be saved.
- The ad will draw attention to the ongoing demolition, and argue that Delta and the Port Authority can find a “better way” that will not only benefit historic preservation, but will provide the airline with a marquis symbol of their presence in the New York area.
- The ad will urge the general public to take action to contact Delta Air Lines and the Port Authority and tell them to stop further demolition of the building.
- If our funding goal is exceeded, we will invest in further advertising. If our funding goal is not reached by the end of the fundraising campaign, all contributions will go towards less expensive advertising. And finally - ff we really fall short, under $2500, we will refund your contribution.
As a historic testament of our efforts to save this magnificient building and for preservation efforts around the globe, we will run the ad whether the building stands or falls.
EVEN IF YOU CAN'T CONTRIBUTE, YOU CAN STILL HELP!
Join our campaign via Facebook and Twitter and get involved with letter-writing and social media promotions to help us spread the word! Anytime you reach out to friends, fellow aviation enthusiasts, or even family – you are helping to build the crescendo to preserve this unique and irreplaceable icon.