Anbang Insurance Group—owner of the Waldorf Astoria New York—is collaborating with the New-York Historical Society to provide a temporary home for Waldorf Astoria New York’s most prized artifacts until the hotel reopens in 2021.
Waldorf Astoria New York has maintained an archive for several years, and with New-York Historical Society’s collaboration, Anbang is creating displays in the renovated space for visitors to experience artifacts of the famous hotel.
Later this spring, visitors to New-York Historical can see Waldorf Astoria New York’s most distinguished items for the first time since the property began renovations. The signature pieces on display will include:
- Cole Porter Piano: Cole Porter, one of the world’s most acclaimed composers—and one of the property’s most famous residents—kept a 1907 Steinway grand piano in his six-bedroom apartment in the Waldorf Towers.
- World’s Fair Clock Tower: Standing nine feet tall and weighing two tons, the clock was made by the Goldsmiths Company of London for display at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
- John F. Kennedy’s Rocking Chair: The Presidential Suite at Waldorf Astoria New York was known for its important guests, like sitting presidents of the United States, prominent business executives and distinguished celebrities. The suite included one of John F. Kennedy's upholstered rocking chairs.
The Waldorf Astoria began its second phase of construction last summer. In anticipation of the beginning of condominium sales next year, the property’s on-site residential sales office also began construction at the corner of Park Avenue and 50th Street.
When it reopens in 2021, Waldorf Astoria New York will serve as the flagship property for the Waldorf Astoria brand. The property will have approximately 375 luxury residences, 350 hotel rooms and suites, and reimagined and restored public and event spaces for guests.