InterContinental Hotel Archives Neal Prince ASID

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

(Curriculum Vitae)

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InterContinental Zagreb Hotel
Zagreb, Croatia (1975)

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
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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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Inter-Continental Zabreb Hotel, Zabreb, Croatia, Neal Prince, International Hotel Designer

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Hotel Crest designed by Charles R. Alvey and Dick Simpson, Graphic Designers for IHC

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:          

InterContinental Zagreb Hotel
     

Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince         

 

Architect:

 

Lead Interior Designer:

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

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

 

 

Location:     

Zagreb, Croatia
          

      

Rooms:        

428 completely air-conditioned rooms when many Hotel's at that time did not offer air-conditioned rooms. Today, it is taken for granted for such luxeries. With such modern furnished rooms and suites, they also  overlooked the Opera and the Sljeme mountain. There were three restaurants serving local and international cuisines with international cheifs to servce the highest quality of the Intercontinental brand. The Hotel had a Roof-top Supper Club restaurant with music on a nightly basis. The Hotel also included a Casino, an indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna and a shopping arcade to enjoy while a gues to this newly designed, furnished Hotel.

 Neal Prince Intercontinental Zabreb Hotel Croatia

Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince

 

Neal Prince Intercontinental Zabreb Hotel Croatia 

Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince

 

 

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:       

2 specialty restaurants, informal restaurant, cocktail lounge, bar and poolside snack bar

 

Brasserie Kaptol Restaurant -

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Diana Cocktail Lounge -

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Opera Rooftop Supper Club -

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Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince

 

Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince

 

Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince

 

 

Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince

This Lamp was designed by Neal Prince. The Lamp was manufactured by hand from a company in Brooklyn, New York. Then sent over to the Hotel. Mr. Prince used as many local artist as he could for designing the Hotel. However, at the time, there were no craftsman that were able to manufacture this personal designs and specs by Mr. Prince in Zabreb. This sample that his held by the Neal Prince Trust, which is part of Mr. Prince's vast collection of Art Nouveau holdings. This restuarant is a sample of how much Art Nouveau Design has influence Mr. Prince and this vast designs throughout this career. This is the only surviving piece from this restaurant as the restuarant was remodeled to a modern design and the vast custom made furnishings were distroyed by the renovation.

Ouverture Bar -

Neal Prince Zabreb Hotel InterContinental Croatia

Taverna Gric tavern -

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Panorama Casio -

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Meeting Facilities:       

6 function rooms accommodating up to 1,200 people

   

Crystal Ballroom:

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Pool -

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Images held by the Collection:

The images of the collection are 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.
Inter-Continental Zagreb Hotel, Zabgreb, Croatia, Neal Prince

Artist: Charles R. Alvey and Dick Simpson

Object: Ashtray with the Hotel Monogram on the ashtray

Memo: These ashtrays were designed in a manner with low cost for replacement, in order for the guest to take home and to be used as tokens for thier stay. It allow further exposure of the Hotel worldwide. The Monogram was designed by Charles R. Alvey and Dick Simpson, who worked under Neal Prince in his Graphic Department. All Graphics were done in house to allow each Hotel to have its own identity, but also allow the Brand of the Hotel to flow from each Hotel, with in the Company. These ashtrays were usually producted out of Germany. However, depending of the Hotel, some were produced in the country's of where the Hotel was located to enhance the Brand of that Hotel which the ashtray would be used for.  

 



Artist: Randolph Beaument (faux name that was used for this, and a few other Hotel Projects)

Date: 1974

Title: "Primitive and Child"

Numbered: 42/100

Artwork: The artwork above was commission by Neal Prince, to James Ray Baker, an Interior Designer under Neal Prince, to create native artwork for the walls for each guestroom. Mr. Baker outsourced this to his friend, Stan, inwhich he create a faux Artist Name to be used to sign each artwork. Being Randolph Beaument. Each screen print is signed with this faux Artist name, with the correct screen print title and number from the edition run. This originated out of Brooklyn, New York for the Zabreb Hotel. There were a few Hotels that this method of artwork was used to keep the cost down from actually purchasing works of art from the local economy. However, Mr. Prince did acquire many pieces of Zabreb Primative Artwork as samples and they are now held by the Neal Prince Trust. Such Artist include, but not limited to:

BIJELIC, Branko (1946- ), Croatian, Primitive Oil on Glass, (19" x 15-") c.1986

 VUJCIC, Kamilo (unknown) Croatia, Primitive Oil on Glass (10" x 10") c.1986

 

The following Exhibit is a memorandum from March 5th, 1971, by Mr. Prince's, regarding the policy on "How to Design Hotel Guest Rooms", from an Interior Designer point of view, by Mr. Prince:

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