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NY City Hotel, Waldorf-Astoria, Showcases Indiana Limestone

Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Photo: James Howes

Entrance to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City

The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City is re-vamping its entrance to showcase the Indiana Limestone, which has been a part of the building for more than 80 years.

The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission recently approved the hotel’s request to modify the entrance of the building by altering its marquee.

The single metal fixture will be replaced with three glass canopies in order to highlight Indiana’s well-known Limestone. Edward Klimerman, Vice Chair of the Landmarks Committee in Manhattan says that the Limestone played a pivotal role in the approval.

“With Limestone, apparently, it can be removed and easily repaired.  So, that’s a major concern,” he said.

Because of the current design, the building is difficult to see, but that will change with the new glass structure.

“The reason why we like the canopy, especially me, is because when you’re standing in the street, you can look up and see the building,” Klimerman said.

According to a 1930 edition of Stone Mill Magazine, it took nearly 400 car loads of Limestone from Indiana’s Walsh and Oolitic quarries to build the Waldorf-Astoria.

Ron Bell, the official Lawrence County Historian, says that any new Limestone used in the project will most likely come from Indiana.

“It was pretty impressive what they had originally,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. If they’re going to use Limestone, it will probably come from Indiana Limestone and it will probably come about from where it originally came.”

Along with the Empire State Building and the Irving Trust Company, also built with Indiana Limestone, the Waldorf-Astoria stands as a landmark in New York City. The Preservation Committee says that aside from a better view of the building, the alteration will serve to carry the Waldorf-Astoria into a new era.

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