Images of Grandeur

Brief, revealing account of individuals, groups and stories revealing a how the Waldorf Astoria, Host To The World, trully changed the lives of many and became an institution.

General Douglas MacArthur

• General of the Army Douglas MacArthur served his country as a soldier for more than 60 years. He achieved the highest acclaim for his exploits as a grand strategist in World...

Archer Daniels Midland

• 42H was a permanent corporate apartment for Archer Daniels Midland for 60 years. • ADM departed the hotel in 2007 in the midst of a public environment...

Dwight Eisenhower

President Eisenhower was a resident of The Waldorf Towers beginning in 1967 He and his wife Mamie lived in Suite 700R because of her fear of heights The Waldorf Towers elevator...

IBM Personal Computer Launch

•On August 12, 1981, at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria ballroom in New York City, the IBM Personal Computer was announced with a price tag of $1,565. Two decades earlier,...

Guy Lombardo

Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians rang in the New Year with Auld Lang Syne in the Starlight Roof, broadcast on CBS Radio every year from 1954 until 1976, just prior to his death...

Frank Sinatra

Sinatra agreed to perform in The Wedgewood Room in December 1946 but he insisted on the type of band that was supporting him on the air. Whereas the hotel had planned on...

Benny Goodman

• Benny Goodman, known as the King of Swing, played to packed houses in the Empire Room starting in 1938. He did not play regularly in the supper club format; his...

Penn Society

• The Pennsylvania Society has convened at the Waldorf=Astoria for the past 110 years (as of 2009). • The Society is a non-profit, charitable organization with nearly...

Waldorf Firsts

Waldorf Astoria New York Hospitality Firsts The Waldorf opened as New York’s (and arguably the world’s) grandest, most luxurious and most modern hotel with private bathrooms for most...

Oscar Tschirky

• 1866 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – November 6, 1950 in New Paltz, New York • Oscar left New York’s restaurant Delmonico’s to join the staff of The Waldorf...

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