- The Waldorf Astoria
- The Archive
- Amnesty Exhibit
- External Resources
- More Exhibits
- America's Palace
- Art Deco and the Waldorf Astoria
- Bakers Unite!
- The Big Four at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel
- Building the World's Greatest Hotel
- The Empire Room: A Setting for Dinner and Dancing
- Hats, Balloons, and Noisemakers
- History of the Motorama
- Oscar of the Waldorf
- The Original Waldorf Astoria Hotel
- The Waldorf Astoria in Pop Culture
- Browse Items
- Browse Collections
- Finding Aids
- Administrative Records
Art Deco and the Waldorf Astoria
The Art Deco aesthetic is a unique amalgamation of modern and ancient art styles and movements. Originating in France, this essentially eclectic style reached the peak of its popularity in America in the early 1930s. American Art Deco is characterized by strong curves and clean lines, effectively combining aspects of industrial design, which emphasized technological progress and innovation, with a sense of luxury and extravagance.
As you browse through this exhibit, we hope that you gain a sense of the architectural grandeur and attention to detail that makes the Waldorf an exceptional architectural and historical landmark.