Two Waldorf-Astorias: Spatial Economies as Totem and Fetish

Wharton, Annabel
September 2003
Art Bulletin;Sep2003, Vol. 85 Issue 3, p523
Academic Journal
Examines the changing character of Waldorf-Astoria Hotels' social signification by mapping their forms against their distinct economies, the laissez-faire capitalism of the turn of the nineteenth-century and its corporatization in the twentieth. Effect of the hotel on its urban setting; Description of its interiors; Role played by the hotel in the evolving social habits of the American haute bourgeoiesie and their business practices; Reasons for the Art Deco approach taken on the design of the Waldorf-Astoria that opened in 1931.


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