If you’re a history and design buff with money to burn, might we suggest a $14,000 fireplace mantel from the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel?
There is some debate and questioning around the , but it’s past is being attended to, in part by architectural-salvage company Olde Good Things.
The company is selling items from the hotel’s interior on its website, including 40 marble mantels (most for $14,000), Venetian glass and crystal light fixtures, silverware ($25 a knife, fork, or fish spoon), and coat hooks in the shape of swans ($35 a swan). Other odd items include railings, shower doors, fireplace inserts, and doorbells. Design styles range from Art Deco to English Regency to Louis XVI.
New York’s Landmarks Preservation Commission granted landmark status to the hotel’s grand ballroom, an entry hall, and the main lobby in March 2017. Meghan Weatherby, executive director of the Art Deco Society, told that Olde Good Things then began removing pieces from the guest rooms.
The Waldorf hotel has long stood as a homebase for socialiates and a symbol of glamour and wealth in New York. Marilyn Monroe lived in the hotel for six months in 1955, shelling out a $1,000 a week for the accommodations. Other permanent guests included Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter. The art deco facade of the hotel was given landmark status in 1993.
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