The Langham Building, designed by Clinton and Russell in 1905


Ubiquitous architecture firm of New York, Charles W. Clinton (1838-1910) and William H. Russell (1854-1907) already had a working relationship with William Waldorf Astor by the time they were hired to design the Hotel Astor. Many of their buildings, including the original Waldorf (Astoria) Hotel, exhibit the same French Renaissance style as the Astor. Some sources state that William Van Alen, the man who would go on to create the Chrysler Building, was one of the lead architects on the project.