InterContinental Hotel Archives Neal Prince ASID

Neal Prince R.A., A.S.I.D

(Curriculum Vitae)

InterContinental Hotel Corporation Digital Archives

Del Lago InterContinental Hotel,
Maracaibo, Venezuela (1960-1986)

InterContinental Hotel Collections
held by the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust
 
Mr. Neal Prince,
R.A., A.S.I.D
(Curriculum Vitae)
 
Index Holdings Relating to the 1940's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1950's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1960's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1970's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1980's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1990's
Professional
Biography 2000's
 Mr. Neal Prince Resource Image Data Base
 
InterContinental  Hotels 
Historical
Background

John B. Gates,
Chairman of the Board
Robert Huyot,
Chairman of the Board
Hans Sternick,
Chairman of the Board
John P. Sutherland,
President
Latin American
Division
Mario Di Genova,
President
Europe/Africa Divsions
R. Kane Rufe,
Sr. Vice President
Far East/Pacific Division
John C. Carrodus
Sr. Vice President
of Services
Neal A. Prince
Vice President
Graphics and Interior Designs
 
Departmental Staff and Contractual Designers:
Kenneth Smith,
ASID
Charles R Alvey,
Graphic Designer
Richard Simpson,
Graphic Designer
 Bill Embery
Dale & Pat Keller,
ASID
Joe Grusczak,
ASID
Trisha Wilson,
ASID
James Ray Baker,
ASID
Irene D'Alessio,
Interior Designer



Arie deZanger,
IHC Photographer


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Who is Mr. Neal Prince? Mr. Prince is a trained Architect from Rice University, an Art Historian, Art Collector and a person with a vast passion for Motion Pictures and Theatre History, especially Set Designs. These elements came together to build a foundation to Mr. Prince's skills, which later became recognized as his ability for designing Hotel and Restaurant Interiors. Mr. Prince incorporated his own passions of above, into an International branding philosophy that remains as strong today as it was when he developed his philosophy of Hotel and Restaurant Designs, which is visible today, in Hotels worldwide. But what makes Mr. Prince different? He was a pioneer within this Industry, along with Dale and Pat Keller, of Hong Kong, in designing Hotels in countries that never had an International Hotel presence. Mr. Prince, along with Kenneth Smith (Interior Designer), Charles Alvey (Graphic Designer), Richard Simpson (Graphic Designer), William Embury (Interior Designer), Joe Grusczak (Interior Designer), James Ray Baker (Interior Designer) and Irene D'Alessio (Interior Designer) and many others were the first, to sent the standards for International Hotel Interiors. And what is incredible is that he did not have the grand budgets that most designers have today. Mr. Prince used local talents and products, when available and appropriate, to augment his designs, which, in return, allowed local Artist, Gallery Owners, Merchants and vendors to view InterContinental not as an invader, but as a partner in creating new sources of commence within the local economy. What is even more unique in Mr. Prince being different, was that Mr. Prince has always credited his success, not in the terms of "I", but "WE". Mr. Prince, being from Corsicana, Texas, has always remained modest and respectful and always have contributed his success due to the fact that designing hotels is a "TEAM" effort, from his Departmental Staff to his Professional Associate Designers that he had brought on to do a certain project for the vast inventory of InterContinental Hotel holdings. This website is to bring together the collections, resources, stories and images documenting a period of time, before computers, mobile phones, fax's or video conferencing. This website is to recapture the time when International Hotel Design Industry remained in its infancy before the growth and development into what we have today as multi billion dollar companies. Each Hotel on this website will encompass how Mr. Prince and his Staff and Professional Associates overcame the troubles of designing Hotels, from a historic point of view, to what was necessary to open the Hotels, maintain the Hotels, and what lessons were learned to be applied for the next project.

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Hotel:

Del Lago InterContinental Hotel

 

Architect:

 

 

Interior Designer:

 

 

 

On the shore of shimmering Lake Maracaibo, the Hotel del Lago offered to visitors of Venezuela's second largest city when opened, the unusual combination of a luxurious scenic reort and an ultra-modern cosmopolitan hotel. Just minutes from the city's center, this completely redecorated and expanded hotel offered to the guest an extraordinary services and facilities that they came to expect from an InterContinental Hotel.

Rendering of the Front Desk:

 

Rendering of the Front Lobby:

De Lago Inter-Continental Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

Location:

Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

Rooms:

390 completely air-conditioned guestrooms on the property. During this time in history, air-conditioned rooms were a new amenity of luxury to Hotels, as air conditioned rooms were not standard as they have become in today's Hotels.

 

Guestroom Suites:

De Lago Inter-Continental Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

De Lago Inter-Continental Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

Renderings:

 

 

Restaurants/Lounges:

Specialty restaurant, 2 informal restaurants, and cocktail lounge.

Brasserie El Cafetal Rendering:

 

Caroni Night Club:

 

El Mara-Bar:

De Lago Inter-Continental Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

El Tartan Restaurant:

 - No Photograph is available at this time

 

Le Ronda Coffee Shop:  

- No Photograph is available at this time

 

La Torre Restaurant and Bar:

 - No Photograph is available at this time

 

Mara Bar:

 - No Photograph is available at this time

 

Meeting Facilities:

9 function rooms accommodating up to 4,000 people.

 

Renderings of the Del Largo Ballroom:

De Lago Inter-Continental Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

De Lago Inter-Continental Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela

 

Comments:

 

Images held by the Collection:


Interiors came under Mr. Prince' s supervision in 1960. At that time, this property is located on the west shore of Lake Maracaibo, ten minutes from the center of the city and the financial district.
 

De Lago Inter-Continental Hotel Luggage Label, Neal Prince
This earlier image is another example of the detail graphics and designs that were created by the talents  of Charles R. Alvey and Richard Simpson, of the InterContinental Hotel Corporation's Department of Interior & Graphics Design. This image is another example of InterContinental Hotel's competitors copied for their own Graphic's applications. In some hotels, this image is used to this day.

 

STATEMENT

OF

InterContinental HOTEL

INTERIOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

POLICY

BY

NEAL PRINCE, ca. 1961

The approach to hotel design differs greatly from each interior design for an individual. The latter is dictated by the aesthetic environmental pleasures of one particular person or family, whereas hotel design is a coordinated effort between the functional requirements if IHC Hotel Management and Operations, the architectural concept and space allocation, the desires of the local hotel company, the limitations of restrictive budgets, and the harmony and market of the country in which a hotel is located – all combined to produce a profit marking plant reflecting the current international tastes of a widely diversified market.

Although standardization would appear to be desirable in a rapidly growing industry, experience indicates the most successful efforts are based on individuality related to the country of origin rather than standardization of design, but with an overlying emphasis of international standardization of quality and service.

Each hotel in each location produces its own surveyed, conceptual, and operational requirements of IHC, its own local interior designers, and its own problems of local availability and manufacturing; however, the following outline of goals is generally applicable:

A. To produce good design based primarily on the functional needs and requirements of IHC Operations in order that Management can merchandise fully the facilities provided and develop a high quality of service; this design to be approached simultaneously along the following avenues:

1. Concept (objectivity) – initiated by IHC Operations and local Hotel Company (where applicable).

2. Function (utility) – based on past experience and current consumption of practical innovation.

3. Construction (fabrication) – utilization of local market facilities and methods wherever possible.

4. Budget (feasibility) – dictated by market surveys indicating the initial expenditure warranted by projected profits.

5. Beauty (design) – a conglomerate result of the thinking and ideas of all parties involved coordinated into a smooth, compatible result.

B. To insure that the original design concept and subsequent development of each project is based not on the likes and dislikes of any one faction but expresses the taste and insures the comfort of the international guest; and also utilizes, wherever possible, the trades, manufactures and craftsmen as well as the arts and crafts, ornamentation, styles, and traditions indigenous to the country in which a project is located.

 



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