American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria
Explore the glamorous and scandalous history of the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in this book talk on American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and the Making of a Century by David Freeland:
- Uncover the history of Peacock Alley and how it got its name
- Find out the truth about the “feuding” Astor cousins whose money built the original Waldorf- Astoria on Fifth Avenue, where the Empire State Building now stands
- Discover secrets of the Waldorf’s “black book” – the detectives’ log of immoral and illegal activity kept hidden from all but the most senior hotel staff
- Learn about the remarkable technological maneuvers that enabled the “new” Waldorf-Astoria – a a skyscraper that opened on Park Avenue in 1931 – to be constructed on top of railroad tracks as passenger trains continued to run below.
- Receive a 30% discount code to purchase Freeland’s book
About the event:
Known internationally as a symbol of elegance and luxury, Manhattan’s Waldorf-Astoria is one of the world’s most famous hotels. Its reputation as a host to political leaders and movie stars is matched only by the renown of its cuisine and soaring Deco architecture. In this lecture based on his new book, American Hotel: The Waldorf-Astoria and The Making of a Century, historian David Freeland will take us behind the glittering image, using rare photos and documents to reveal the full extent of the Waldorf’s contribution as a shaper of twentieth-century life and culture.
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