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Waldorf-Astoria Completes $12M Motor Court Restoration

Thursday August 1st, 2013 - 9:20AM


A $12 million investment has restored the signature motor court of the Waldorf-Astoria.

NEW YORK—The Waldorf-Astoria completed a $12 million restoration of its signature interior motor court.

The  enclosed drive, which has welcomed celebrities and dignitaries over the decades, has been transformed to allow for a "more-refined arrival," according to the company.

The private entrance now features Art Deco finishes reflecting the original design concept of the landmark building. 

Restored to its original scope of 1931, the motor court was reshaped into a four-lane arrival venue, with a granite-curb, circular drive creating an enhancement to the original design of Schultz and Weaver. A cobblestone finish improves visual appeal while providing an elevated setting from the surrounding city streets, according to the company. Fluted stone wall panels equipped with lighting illuminate the space. Limestone columns and door-frames, fitted with the Waldorf-Astoria’s signature nickel-silver finish, reflect the hotel’s architecture.

“A stay at the Waldorf Astoria New York is, and always will be, an unforgettable experience,” said General Manager Eric O. Long in a statement. “The restoration of our private motor court enhances our ability to provide our guests with a compelling, singular experience from start to finish."