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Meet Me at the Waldorf!

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The Old Government House Hotel & Spa

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GY1 2NU Guernsey

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Immortalised in Cole Porter’s lyrics “You’re the top! You’re a Waldorf salad”, the Waldorf Astoria hotel, New York was ‘home in New York to the stars’, international celebrities and world leaders. Built at the height of the Depression and famous before it opened, its glittering Jazz Age interiors were created by leading European designers, artists and sculptors. We will explore the intriguing story of the hotel’s equally iconic predecessor on Fifth Avenue, in its heyday the place to meet and be seen, where high society paraded in the latest Parisian fashions in Peacock Alley, and where business tycoons and acquisitive art collectors such as J P Morgan and Henry Clay Frick met to ‘do deals’ - finance or art, before it was demolished in 1929. This lecture recreates the stunning interiors of both hotels, the personalities who created them, and the stars who met, feasted and lived there.

Join popular Accredited Lecture, Mary Alexander as she tells the extraordinary story of two iconic hotels built on Astor feuds, fortunes and art patronage. Meet some of the famous (and infamous) guests and experience the luxurious interiors of the hotel that was the epitome of style but has recently, sadly, closed.

Please join us before the lecture for a free glass of wine or soft drink and learn more about what The Arts Society has to offer.

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Mary Alexander - Thirty years' experience as a lecturer, with a BA in History and History of Art and a MA with distinction in History of Art from University College London. Experience includes public lectures in museums, tutoring for the Open University, visiting lecturer at Christie's Education in London, museum curator at Platt Hall, the Gallery of Costume, Manchester. Now a freelance lecturer to various arts, heritage and antiquarian societies. She also worked in Pentagram design consultancy in London and New York, organising conferences and special events. Author of various articles on design and visual awareness issues, her background combines an unusual blend of academic and visual communications skills.

Image: Waldorf Astoria, New York © 1988 by James G. Howes. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Waldorf_Astoria_Hotel.jpg



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