'The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Part I: Battle of the Astors' Webinar

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What better way to show your overly pretentious aunt that you deserve her place as New York's top socialite than to build a 13-story hotel filled with strangers and transients right next to her private residence? And how about responding to that towering insult, and defending your mother, by demolishing her house in order to erect an even larger hotel? This tit-for-tat of epic proportions was at the center of a very real Gilded Age feud over whether Caroline Schermerhorn (Mrs. William Backhouse) Astor or her nephew’s wife, Mary (Mrs. William Waldorf) Astor would be crowned as "the" Mrs. Astor in high society.

Join New York Adventure Club for the first of a two-part series on the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel legacy. In this part, we explore the dramatic story behind the first Waldorf-Astoria hotel — originally built as two separate hotels by dueling families in the Astor Family lineage, they would soon combine to form the era's benchmark of luxury accommodation.

Led by Nicki Woodard, historical documentarian producer and creator of the As The Money Burns podcast, our journey back in time to the original Waldorf-Astoria hotel will include:

  • How an Astor Family dispute between John Jacob Astor IV's mother and his cousin William Waldorf Astor led to the building of two separate hotels on the same block — The Waldorf (1893) and Astoria (1897) — and why they were eventually connected
  • Innovations and novel creature comforts found in the hotel, including private bathrooms and electricity
  • A digital walkthrough of The Waldorf-Astoria using rare archival images to see its most famous parlors, ballrooms, and suites
  • Notable people associated with the hotel, including hotelier George Boldt, maîtred’ Oscar Tschirsky, and female civil engineer Marian Sarah Parker
  • Stories of the hotel's most famous occupants and events, including the strong connection with the Titanic
  • The demolition of the hotel in 1929, and what iconic landmark went up in its place

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Nicki — any and all questions about the first Waldorf-Astoria Hotel are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel Series

Part 1: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Part I: Battle of the Astors

Part 2: The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Part II: Manhattan's Grandest Hotel


"Good visuals and I liked the styling of the presentation. Good research. Love the topic." -Jessica

"The mix of Astor family history and architecture was fantastic. The images used to illustrate the talk were well chosen and cogently supported the presenter's points." -Stephen

"Nicki gave a wonderful presentation, full of fascinating historical & social facts." -Mary

"Very interesting - loved learning about that time period - architecture and family dynamics" -Danielle

"Fantastic stories and lots of details about the actual buildings. Great photos" -Sharon

"I liked the explanation of the family genealogy and the photos of all of the rooms" -Frank

"Good presentation of pictures; both historical and interesting facts." -Aletha

"Full of lots of information and wonderful photos." -Heather

"What I especially liked were the connections that the presenter developed; who knew whom, what did they do, where did they travel." -Stephen


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