When the Anbang Insurance Group paid $1.95 billion for the Waldorf Astoria, the famed Art Deco hotel in Midtown Manhattan, in 2015, it was one of the priciest hotel deals ever.
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But the building, which was redesigned by the architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill and the interior designer Jean-Louis Deniot, hasn’t been totally reinvented.
City officials voted to give landmark status to the Waldorf’s lobby, which runs the length of the building, in 2017, the same year Anbang closed the hotel to begin demolition. The exterior has been a landmark since 1993, so elements like the 5,300 windows have not been substantially altered.