Building the World’s Greatest Hotel

Waldorf Astoria New York

The Difficult Immediately, the Impossible will take just a few moments longer.

On March 8, 1929, Lucius Boomer (then owner of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel) announced that a new Waldorf Astoria would be built on Park Avenue from 49th to 50th Streets and would be ready for occupancy in the fall of 1931. Because the best and brightest were needed to get the job done, Lucius Boomer turned to the engineers of Thompson Starrett Inc. (engineers of the Woolworth Building and the Worlds Fair Concourse in 1964) and architects Leonard Schultz and Fullerton Weaver.

The Site of the future Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The Site of the future Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The street running parallel to the drawing is Park Avenue, formally known as 4th Avenue.

Both companies recognized the mission of building the world’s largest hotel was no small feat to achieve; their first task was transferring the power station for the New York…

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