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.
The Waldorf Astoria Amnesty Program: Created in 2012, the Waldorf Astoria Amnesty Program called to the masses to return artifacts taken from our hotel over the last 80+ years as a way to help our rich history thrive once again. We are currently still accepting items to be donated back to us! For more information, please contact the Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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).
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.