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.