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Taharaa InterContinental Hotel
Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia (1968)

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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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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:          

Taharaa InterContinental Hotel

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

Location:     

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

                          

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

 

Rooms:        

The Hotel was built into a wonderful hillside, overlooking the bay with a wonderful view of the Moorea Bay. It was the largest guest rooms of any hotel in the South Pacific, at the time. Each Guestroom with air conditioned, with a dressing room, bathroom and spacious terrace.

 

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

 

Pool -

 

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

          

 

Restaurants/Lounges:       

 

Captain Cook Restaurant - Tahiti's outstanding gourmet restaurant.

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

 

Lounge and Bar -

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

 

 

Coffee House Cafe -

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer

The decor were designed by Neal Prince, and manufactured by the "Oceanic Arts - Tropical Decor" Company, located out of 12414 Whittier, Blvd, Whittier, California 90602. Their contact number is (562) 698-6960.

 

Meeting Facilities:       

        

 

 

Comments:

Mr. Prince designed the interiors of the Hotel. During this time, no one on the island had the skills or the know how to carve a Tikis. Thus, Mr. Prince hired the Oceanic Arts Inc., of Whittier, California (USA) to produce Mr. Prince's sketches. The owners of said firm, Leroy Schmaitz and Robert Van OOsting produced the 21-foot Tiki for Mr. Prince. When the Tiki was delivered, the Tiki was to be placed in the lobby of the Hotel. However, due to the weight and height of the Tiki, it was not able to fit. So, the telephone Mr. Prince and inquire what to do with the Tiki. Mr. Prince asked where the Tiki is now, and the Mr. Crissman noted that it is currently located in the front of the hotel, which Mr. Prince replied, "Great, then leave it right there!!". And so, it remain an icon of the Hotel for many years until the Hotel closed. 

The Tiki were designed and manufactured by the "Oceanic Arts - Tropical Decor" Company for Mr. Prince. They are located out of 12414 Whittier, Blvd, Whittier, California 90602. Their contact number is (562) 698-6960. There are reports that this Tiki remains standing today, even though the Hotel has been closed and the property has been abandon for many years. However, this Tiki has become an International known tourist destination, as a marvel of craftsmanship of its self.

 

 

 

Images held by the Collection:

 



 

Mr. Neal Prince, VP of Interior Design and Jim Fox, Project Manager of IHC


Mr. Neal Prince, VP of Interior Design and Jim Fox, Project Manager of IHC
 

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.

Taharaa Inter-Continental Hotel, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia, Neal Prince, International Hotel Interior Designer

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.

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FURTHER REFERENCES:

There is a further website dedicated to Tiki's and the various locations throughout the world, which is located at the Tiki Central website:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?forum=2&topic=36953

 

 

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