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America's Palace

The Waldorf Astoria has often been referred to as America's Palace. It's no wonder how the hotel acquired this moniker, having hosted major heads of state and dignitaries from all over the world since it opened in 1931. Guests of the Waldorf Astoria rely on the deep privacy and security the hotel provides; therefore the archive houses a limited amount of material pertaining to notable guests. The photographs and other materials presented in this exhibit reflect the public experiences of some of the notable and newsworthy guests at the Waldorf Astoria. READ MORE...

The Waldorf Astoria Amnesty Program

In the summer of 2012, the Waldorf Astoria went to the public with an unusual request: to return any surreptitious "amenities" that checked out with guests. The response was overwhelming, with former guests - and their descendants - returning objects from around the globe. In addition to silverware and services, their stories have become parts of the Waldorf Astoria's tapestry. READ MORE...

Art Deco and The Waldorf Astoria Hotel

In 1931, when the decision to build a new Waldorf Astoria Hotel was made, the managers of the new hotel were most emphatic that the atmosphere, traditions, and prestige associated with the old Waldorf Astoria be preserved and transferred to a structure that incorporated the innovative design and technology of the Twentieth Century. Architects Leonard Schultze and Fullerton Weaver realized that the Art-Deco style popular in New York at the time was the perfect way to combine traditional elegance with modern functionalism. READ MORE...


Bakers Unite!

On December 12, 1949, Pillsbury held its first Bake-Off contest! Over 150 women from all over the country gathered here in the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel baking their best and most delictable recipes for a shot at the grand prize. Featured in this exhibit are unique photographs from the 3rd annual competition in 1952. Doesn't this just make you hungry? READ MORE...


The Big Four at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel

In history classes across the United States, students have studied World War II in great detail…the most historic battles, historic figures, and especially the most historic outcomes. What many students haven’t learned however, is that the beginning of the various Peace Treaties which would come to officially end WWII and decide the fate of all involved, were first drafted in the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.READ MORE...


Building the World's Greatest Hotel

From 1929 to 1931, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel was constructed on an entire city block extending from Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue (west and east) and 49th and 50th Streets (south and north). This exhibit provides a brief glimpse into how quickly the greatest hotel in the world helped create the modern-day New York City Skyline. READ MORE...

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

On October 20th, 1941, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor arrived at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on their first visit to the United States. In their suite, the room that would later become the Royal Suite, the couple posed for newsreels and met with the American press. There was quite a stir surrounding the arrival of the former King of England and his wife due to Edward’s abdication of the throne. The Waldorf staff quickly became accustomed to the fanfare as the Duke and Duchess because residents of the hotel for six months out of every year to follow. READ MORE...