Waldorf-Astoria New York
The original Waldorf Hotel merged with Astoria Hotel, in 1897, to form the Old Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, on Fifth Avenue. The combined hotel was demolished in 1929 and the current hotel opened on Park Avenue in 1931. The Waldorf Astoria New York has carried on the traditions and prestige which were associated with the original hotel.
The current Art Deco Hotel was designed by architects of Schultze & Weaver.
The metal trim throughout the exterior of the building for entrances, shop fronts, windows and so on is of bronze and nickel bronze. Marquees of nickel bronze, indirectly and semi directly lit, are placed over two entrances. Over the main entrance on Park Avenue is a winged symbolic figure: Spirit of Achievement, clone in gleaming nickel bronze, by Nina Saemundsson.
There are some 2.000 rooms and suites, ballrooms, dining rooms, restaurants, lounges. corridors, club rooms and private entertaining suites. The Waldorf Astoria presented a furnishing problem of unusual magnitude and complexity. Leading interior decorators of America and Europe collaborated to solve it. Stereotyped standardization was avoided. Each guest room and suite have individual character such as would be sought in a private residence distinguished at once for its comfort and the quality of its taste.
The interiors have been designed in such a way that they have varied interest and at the same time are harmonious when entered from one gallery or room to another. Rich natural materials such as marbles, matched woods, marquetry panels and various kinds of stones, bronzes and nickel bronzes have been used for the interiors.
The twin towers, rising centrally above the main lobby of the building, were designed especially for residential suites, each one is a self-contained residence apartment with complete Waldorf service. There are special provisions, such as boudoir-dressing rooms, separate entrances, special elevators and other exclusive services to ensure privacy. The Towers are being reformed since 2017.
There are specially designed accommodations for public functions and private entertaining. Entirely self-contained accommodations of various capacities are provided, so that each public function and private social affair may have its appropriate setting. For these purposes, separate elevator, food and other services are installed.
Many of of the traditional features of the old Waldorf was retained in the hotel on Park Avenue, such as the Peacock Alley, the Empire Room and the Astor Gallery. Some paintings and other decorative details are used in new and appropriately designed settings with excellent effect in the Waldorf Astoria.
Main source: Facts about the Waldorf-Astoria by the Hotel Waldorf Hotel Corporation, 1938.
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