Graciano restoring Waldorf=Astoria

01/01/2010, New York, NY

Designated a landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Trust Historic Hotels of America division, the Waldorf=Astoria continues to build on its enduring reputation as Manhattan’s first “grand hotel.” Owned by Hilton Hotels, the building is an elegant example of Art Deco architecture and is located in a prime midtown location. Waldorf=Astoria management oversaw a comprehensive interior renovation in 1999 and has focused on exterior restorations for much of the last decade. Aside from maintaining the hotel’s historic structure, much of the restoration work ensures continued compliance with local Law 11, an ordinance that requires periodic inspections and repairs on buildings more than five stories tall.

Graciano’s current restoration work on the 42-story landmark will include rebuilding sections of the structure’s parapets and replacement of deteriorated stone elements, such as lintels, sills and decorative carvings. Damaged brickwork at the corners of the building will be replaced with custom-matched bricks, and stone features will be restored with materials selected to integrate seamlessly with the colors, textures and appearances of the building’s original architectural details. Work on the Waldorf=Astoria project commenced in April of 2009 and is scheduled for completion in June of 2011.

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  • Waldorf=Astoria
  • Anticipated Completion: Summer 2011, Owner: Hilton Hotels

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