"New Yorkers have an immense nostalgia and fondness for the Waldorf," says Allison Rozwat, from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, of the iconic Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation by SOM and Pierre-Yves Rochon. Indeed, this particular project is one of those that might bear an undue amount of pressure due to the deep historical legacy and widespread cultural references of its subject. Of course, Rozwat's firm is not new to this type of complex project; just in New York, SOM completed the new One World Trade Center tower and is currently working on the Penn Station Redevelopment. One particular challenge of the Waldorf, though? The iconic, nine-foot Goldsmiths clock that has stood in its lobby since 1902.
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The Painstaking Renovation of the Waldorf's Iconic Clock
Source: Architectural Digest