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

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Frankfurt Intercontinental Hotel
Frankfurt, Germany (1963-1986)

InterContinental Hotel Collections
held by the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust
Mr. Neal Prince,
R.A., A.S.I.D
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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:

Frankfurt Intercontinental Hotel

 

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

 Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

Architect:

 

 

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

 

 

Lobby -

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

Location:

Frankfurt, Germany

 

 

Rooms:

814 air-conditioned rooms, located on the River Main. Surrounded by the city's business, shopping and cultural districts.

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

 

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

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:

Prolog/Epilog Bar - for dancing and cocktails.

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

 

Hourbor Room:

 

 

 

Treffpunkt/Weinstube Brasserie - informal dining serving hearty German specialties and popular international dishes.

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

Brasserie Cafe - informal dining.

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

 

Rotisserie Restaurant - Exquisite French cuisine, grilled specialties and fine wines.

 - No Photograph is available at this time-

 

 

Brasserie Street Cafe -

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

Meeting Facilities:

13 function rooms accommodating up to 1,000 people.

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

 

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

 

Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

Comments:

Frankfurt, a business and financial center since medieval times, gateway to the Rhine Valley, offers numerous attractions for both business and pleasure travelers. Fashioned over the centuries, it is today a city of modern buildings, spacious parks and gardens. It is home to museums, theatres, opera and a Gothic cathedral which took 500 years to complete. The imprint of the past can be seen in the distinctive architecture of the old town and felt in the quaint inns where you can relax and sip apple wine…a local favorite

 

 

Images held by the Collection:

 
 

 



Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany
Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

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.
 
 

Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

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.
 
Frankfurt Inter-Continental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany
Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

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.




During the opening of the Hotel, tokens of appreciation were handed out to the Honorary Guest. Such as this paper weight.


Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

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.


Digital image courtesy of the Neal Prince Estate Holding Trust.

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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