Historic Waldorf Astoria New York set to begin major restoration

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Anbang Insurance Group New York Office and AECOM Tishman have announced that the first phase of construction work to renovate and restore the historic Waldorf Astoria New York will start in December.

Since the Waldorf Astoria New York achieved the designation as New York City’s largest private interior landmark, Anbang has made significant progress towards renovating the property. The development team has advanced design plans, secured permits and carefully moved, preserved and stored prized historic items, including the Cole Porter piano, the World’s Fair Clock Tower, the Kennedy Rocking Chair, and the MacArthur Desk.

The company has now appointed AECOM Tishman to spearhead the first phase of construction.The Waldorf Astoria New York will feature restored public and event spaces, approximately 350 new guest rooms and suites, and approximately 350 residences. Anbang released plans for the building’s interior and exterior elements in March 2017 that a respected design team, including architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon, prepared.

Waldorf Astoria New York timeline:

  • 1893: Hotel opened on the present site of the Empire State Building
  • 1931: Opened at its current Park Avenue location
  • 1993: Designated an official New York City exterior landmark
  • 2014: Anbang Insurance Group acquired the property from Hilton Worldwide. Hilton agrees to continue to manage the property under a 100-year management agreement.
  • 2017: Numerous interior spaces within the hotel are designated as New York City landmarks, including the hotel’s historic Grand Ballroom and iconic Park Avenue Lobby.

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