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Waldorf Astoria through the years: See pictures

The famed Waldorf Astoria in New York City has been around in one capacity or another since 1893 when it first opened as a 13-story hotel on Fifth Avenue. 

The iconic hotel, which has called Park Avenue its home since 1931, is slated to close on March 1 for renovations that could take up to three years. The building's owner, China-based Anbang Insurance Group, announced plans to convert 1,000 of the hotel's rooms into luxury apartments last July. 

Take a look back at the hotel's more than 100 years of events, performances and history.

Looking northward from the Chrysler Building. The Waldorf
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The Waldorf Astoria's twin towers are seen along with Rockefeller Center and the lush foliage of Central Park in an undated photo.

The crowd during the previous New Years Eve
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A crowd celebrates New Years Eve at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. 

Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, second from left,
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Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson marks the 20th anniversary of the magazine at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City in November 1965. 

( right,front ) President Jimmy Carter and his
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Former President Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan attend the annual Al Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Oct. 16, 1980.

Lt. Governor of New York Mario Cuomo,left, former
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Governor Cuomo, left, former President Jimmy Carter, center, and Rabbi Israel Mowshowitz, right, sing the National Anthem during the New York Board of Rabbis Centennial Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on May 16, 1981.

Historic exterior shot of Waldorf-Astoria 's undated
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The historic exterior of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City is pictured in an undated photo.

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin performs at the tenth
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Legendary singer Aretha Franklin performs at the 10th anniversary gala for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on Oct. 9, 2007.

Tony Bennett performs in the Grand Ballroom at
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Tony Bennett performs at the 10th anniversary gala for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on Oct. 9, 2007.

Tony Bennett performs in the Grand Ballroom at
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Tony Bennett performs in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Oct. 9, 2007.

(L - R) U.S. President Barack Obama, Roman
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Former President Barack Obama, Archbishop Timothy Dolan and former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney share a laugh at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Oct. 18, 2012.

Former President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney share
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Former President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney share a laugh at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Oct. 18, 2012.

President Barack Obama headlines a Democratic Party fundraiser
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Former President Barack Obama headlines a Democratic fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on May 13, 2013.

Sir Elton John, Performance The Breast Cancer Research
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Elton John performs at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's Hot Pink Party at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on April 17, 2013.

UN Ambassador Samantha Power left standing next to
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Samantha Power, left, Secretary of State John Kerry, President Barak Obama and Susan Rice, right, attend Obama's bilateral meeting with Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Sept. 23, 2013.

A room at the Waldorf Astoria. For hotels
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A hotel room at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City is pictured on March 21, 2014.

A dinner party bill from 1915 for 17
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A dinner party bill from 1915 for 17 guests is on display at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

A room at the Waldorf Astoria. For hotels
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A room at the Waldorf Astoria. For hotels story on March, 21,2014

The lobby for the Towers of the Waldorf
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The lobby of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City is pictured on March 21, 2014.

The main lobby to New York City's Waldorf
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The main lobby to the Waldorf Astoria, one of the most famous hotels in the world, is pictured on Feb. 24, 2017.

In the famous two-story main ballroom in the
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In the famous two-story main ballroom in the Waldorf Astoria, there's a massive chandelier setting the scene for the fabulous weddings, parties and charitable events that take place there.

The World's Fair Clock in the lobby at
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The World's Fair Clock in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria in New York City is pictured on Feb. 24, 2017.

A photo of actor David Niven and former
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A photo of actor David Niven and former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy hangs at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Feb. 24, 2017.

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in
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The Waldorf Astoria's "Spirit of Achievement" emblem is pictured in New York City on Feb. 27, 2017.

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in
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The Waldorf Astoria in New York City is pictured on Feb. 27, 2017.

The Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in
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The Waldorf Astoria in New York City is pictured on Feb. 27, 2017.

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