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Ducor InterContinental Hotel
Monrovia, Liberia (1962-1985)

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R.A., A.S.I.D
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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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Ducor InterContinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia 1962 Neal Prince

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Ducor Monrovia

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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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Neal Prince Ducor InterContinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia

Ducor InterContinental Hotel, Monrovia

The Ducor Intercontinental was conceived and built as the grand showcase of Liberia. So it is. From the palatial block and white marble public rooms to the murals, mosaics and sculptures by Liberian and foreign artists, to the unusual swimming pool set in a lush sub-tropical garden, the Ducor Intercontinental is the perfect starting place to see Monrovia as it should be seen. The Ducor Intercontinental, fully air-conditioned (which was new at the time in the region), has 220 over-sized guest rooms, 100 have private balconies and 120 open onto  a view of the South Atlantic. Each guest room has a private bath bath, luxurious wall-to-wall carpet, telephone and radio. Special features include completely equipped sun terraces, all banking, travel and valet services, tennis courts, and an orchestra that plays for afternoon tea.

For dining and dancing the Ducor brings you the best from different parts of the world: The Chandelier Restaurant - with a flair for French and continental "haute Cuisine" and an orchestra in residence. The Green Pagoda Restaurant and Roof Garden Bar - Oriental delicacies, dancing nightly and a truly memorable view of the city and the sea. La  Parisienne Night Club - great international performers, its own dance orchestra and a very late closing hour.

Finally, the internationally trained and multilingual staff performs all the extra special little services that had made each Intercontinental hotel unique.

Hotel:

Ducor InterContinental Hotel

This Hotel had very much the Neal Prince touch of incorporating the local culture into the design of the Hotel. The Hotel had a history of being courtesy, pleasurable and reliability of the services being offered to the Guest to reassure them the International Hotel Standards were to be met at all times. This Hotel was the only place to stay when you were in Liberia.

 

To the Western traveller, Liberia seems at first, the most familiar of the West African countries. The language is English and lulled by the constant sea-breeze, you may forget that you are in a remote country. Forget until, between a Baptist church and a tower of executive offices, you come upon a picturesque bazaar of ivory, gold, masks, African prints and carvings. Or until, rounding a corner on Broad Street, you are confronted by a tribal chief, in full pomp and regalia and trailed by his entourage. Monrovia is a sea port. From its highest point you can see the South Atlantic, the Mesurado River and the magnificent high plains of the interior. It is here, with a view to the sea and to the plains, that you are welcomed to one of the two truly great hotels in West Africa, the Ducor Intercontinental. The other - the Hotel Ivoire in Abidjan, capital of the Ivory Coast.

 

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia Ducor

To the traveller, on of Liberia's great natural resources is the miles of white sandy beaches on the South Atlantic surf. You are invited to swim and sun at one of these truly great beaches near the hotel. If you have the time you may want to explore some of the thousands of hidden lagoons along the shoure. In the mornings explore the city's shops. Long a free port, Monrovia is rapidly becoming a shopper's paradise. Inland, Harbel, the largest rubber plantation in the world at the time, is well worth the one and half hour drive - as well as the beautiful mountains of Nimba, resembling Swiss landscape and scenery with on of the richest iron ore reservoirs of the world. Within a few minutes from the city are a wealth of villages, rich in colour and ancient customs. Finally there is the grandeur of the high plains at the inland border, surpassing anything that has yet been written about them.

 

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Ducor

Location:

Monrovia, Liberia

 

Architect:

Moshe Mayer was an Israeli industrialist, property developer and the builder who had constructed the Ducor Palace, being a 100-room hotel on Mamba Point, a hilltop named for a deadly snake, in the city of Monrovia, capital of Liberia, in accordance to Jim Potter as noted in his book, "A Room With A World View", page 71. Pan Am had a long hostory in Liberia, which having built the International Airport known as the Roberts Field. This airport was a little over an hour drive from Monrovia.

 

Lead Interior Designer:
Neal Prince ASID Intercontinental Hotel Designer Pan-Am

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

V.P. of Graphic and Interior Design Department, InterContinental Hotel Group 1960-1985

 

Rooms:

209 air-conditioned rooms, with  balcony or ocean views. 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.

 

 

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia Ducor

 Interiors designed by Mr. Neal Prince, R.A., A.S.I.D (1962)

 

 

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia Ducor

Interiors designed by Mr. Neal Prince, R.A., A.S.I.D (1962)

Guest rroms were designed for your comfort at the time. For convience for the guest, room service was avaiable, Guest Services, a gift shop, barber and beauty salon were also avaiable to bring comfort to the guest stay while staying within the Hotel.

How does Mr. Prince's identify an outstanding Hotel?

Response: When you arrive at the Hotel, telephone room service and order a club sandwich to be delivered to your room. Once the room service had delivered your requested club sandwich, take a moment to access how it was prepared, what materials they used to create your club sandwich and then taste the sandwich. Mr. Prince firmly believes, from 55 years of travelling around the world that if a Hotel is able to prepare the "simple" club sandwich correctly, then that Hotel is being operated correctly.

 

Restaurants/Lounges:

Green Pagoda's Garden Terrace:

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia Ducor

 

Cocktail Lounge:

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia Ducor

 

Chandelier Restaurant:

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Ducor

 

Barbeque Disco:

Ducor Inter-Continental Hotel

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Liberia Ducor

This Barbneque Disco Dance Lounge was the place to be every Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

 

This image reflects the remainding wall releifs that still exsist today as the Hotel has since falling into ruins. However, you are able to still see the intense wall carvings that Neal Prince has incorporated into the Hotel for the Resturant, as noted above the of this image.

Meeting Facilities:

Interiors designed by Mr. Neal Prince, R.A., A.S.I.D (1962)

Photography by Scott Harrison

If the guest plans included the use of the banquet or meeting rooms, the Ducor Inter-Continental Hotel was always ready with flexible rooms for everything from banquets for 40 to 350, and up to receptions for 600. Which at the time, were unheard of as there were not place other then the Ducor Hotel to offer such services in the area.

Pool Facilities:

Neal Prince Intercontinental Hotel Monrovia Ducor

This Hotel was the place to be seeing and to entertain, especially at the ultra-modern kidney-shaped swimming pool the dry season of the year.

Comments:

This property was located on the highest point in Liberia, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This property was lost due to various disputes within the Country and the economic claspe of their economy, due to their disputes.

 

Images held by the Collection:

 


Ducor Luggage Label











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.
 


Attached is an 1971 MEMO from Mr. Prince on the Process of Designing a Guest Room for an Hotel























 

STATEMENT

OF

InterContinental HOTEL

INTERIOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

POLICY

BY

NEAL PRINCE, ca. 1961

The approach to hotel design differs greatly from 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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