The St. Regis was built by one of the wealthiest men in America, John Jacob Astor IV, as a companion to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, of which he owned half, at the time located twenty blocks south on Fifth Avenue. By the first decade of the 20th Century that area had already begun to decline in social importance as the area near Central Park gained favor. Astor\’s great-grandfather, John Jacob Astor, had earlier built one of the first modern hotels in the world, the Astor House, in Lower Manhattan in 1836.
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