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Charles R. Alvey

1927 - 2013

 "Charles was an International Graphic and Product Designer that inovated an industry from the bottom up and his designs remains recognizable today with the international travelor and the world around. If it was not for Charles creative direction and support, InterContinental Hotels would have not had the successes has we had without Charles designs, creative mannerism and kindness thoughout those many years when we travelled around the world for 25+ years. And as a dear friend, I sincerely miss him. He was my best friend and colleague who I miss so very much"


                   -Neal Prince, March 1, 2014



Mr. Neal A. Prince (1921 -   ) and Mr. Charles R. Alvey (1927-2013)

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

Arie deZanger,
IHC Photographer


 Mr. Charles R. Alvey was originally from San Antonio, Texas, from a long line of a family of society in San Antonio, Texas. 



Mr. Alvey is a graduate from Thomas Jeferson High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin in 1948. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Art. His fraternity wasa Kappa Alpha. Mr. Alvey moved to New York to attend the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York to receive his Certificate in Industryial Design in 1950. Pratt Institute is a private art college located in Brooklyn, New York, which is a leading Educational Institution for the Arts and Graphic Design.


Professional Career:

1952-1961 Mr. Alvey was hired as a designer to the famously known graphic design firm of Donald Deskey Associates, which was at the time a designed Firm that focused on the most recognizable icons of the day, from Proctor  & Gamble Company to the Johnson and Johnson Company


1961-1990 Mr. Alvey became a well known Product Designer in New York from 1952 until 1961, when Mr. Prince hired Mr. Alvey to set up the first InterContinental Hotel Grapic and Interior Department in New York. Mr. Alvey was very close Mr. Prince in developing InterContinental Hotel Branding, as being a specialist in Graphics and Industrial Design, Mr. Prince was offered him to be the Director of the Interior and Graphic Design Department. This position allowed Mr. Alvey to express his talents in creating the famed Intercontinental Hotel trademark, which remains alive and worldwild recongized branding icons that are used today with some modifications by the successors of Intercontinental Hotels with time.


When Mr. Alvey was hired with Intercontinental Hotels, by Mr. Neal Prince, the trademark was illustrated as the following:

Which reflected three oval circles, to encompass a world map. However, at the time, the InterContinental Hotels began its growth as an International Hotel Company beyond the Latin American regions. 

In accordingly to author James E. Potter's, he noted in his book, "A Room With A World View - 50 Years of InterContinental Hotels and its People 1946-1996", noted that "during the period leading up to the opening of the Phoenicia in Beirut, Charles Alvey had designed a crest for the hotel as a well as a logo combining "Phoenicia" with "Intercontinental" and was disturbed that it was impossible to create an obvious visual connection with the existing corporate three-section Mercator emblem, a signature piece which was somewhat dated to his and (Neal) Prince's taste...(Mr.) Alvey developed a proposal for a new corporate crest (Trademark), utilizing a single glob, with longitudinal arcs, and the worlds "Intercontinental Hotels" superimposed horizontally across the center. Alternately an individual hotel's crest could be inserted into the space in the center...", Page 74

Once this Trademark (Branding Icon) was applied, it was discovered that the name of the Hotel "INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS CORPORATION" was too long from a marketing point of view.

Therefore, Mr. Alvey went back to the creative mode in 1966 to consolidated  the elements of the above Trademark (Branding Icon) into the second phase of the revised Trademark in order to visually identify the Hotel in any country, any language in the world:


With this design, Mr. Alvey new Trademark with the surrounding circle with the laurel leaves. The shape of the "I" had served the Company for over thirty years, and with minor modifications remains to be the InterContinental Hotel Trademark in every country around the world where there is a InterContinental property held.


Mr. Alvey is also credited to the design of the Oberoi Hotel monogram (Trademark), which he created in the early 1960's for Rai Bahadur Mohan Singh Oberoi, of who was an Indian hotelier, the founder and chairman of the Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, India's second-largest hotel company, with 35 hotels in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Egypt, Australia and Hungary as of the year of 2012.


Mr. Alvey is also credited to the Military Crest (Monogram) of the Malaysian Army, again, in the 1960's.


With Richard Simpson being hired by Charles Alvey, who also was a up and becoming Graphic Designer from the Donald Deskey Assocaites Firm to added to Mr. Prince's Department, created an union that these creative men "ALL" of the graphics for the use in corporate and individual hotel's advertising, internal promotion, luggage labels, uniforms, to the tableware, which are still in use today after 54 years.

Mr. Alvey Designed for the following Hotels:

Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon (1960) 

Grande Hotel, Belém, Brazil (1960)

Carrera Hotel, Santiago, Chile (1960)

El Prado InterContinental Hotel, Barranquilla, Columbia (1960)

Reform InterContinental Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico (1960)

Victoria Plaza Hotel, Montevideo, Uruguay (1960)

Tequendama Hotel, Bogotá, Columbia (1960)

De Lago InterContinental Hotel, Maracaibo, Venezuela (1960)

Tamanaco InterContinental Hotel, Caracas, Venezuela(1960)

Jaragua InterContinental Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1960)

Embajador InterContinental Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (1960)

Curacao InterContinental Hotel, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (1960)

El Salvador InterContinental Hotel, San Salvador, El Salvador (1960)

El San Juan InterContinental Hotel, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1960)

El Ponce InterContinental Hotel, Ponce, Puerto Rico (1960)

Ducor InterContinental Hotel, Monrovia, Liberia (1962)

Hotel Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia (1962)

Southern Cross InterContinental Hotel, Melbourne, Australia (1962)

Dublin InterContinental Hotel, Dublin, Ireland (1963)

Cork InterContinental Hotel, Cork, Ireland (1963)

Limerick InterContinental Hotel, Limerick, Ireland (1963)

Frankfurt InterContinental Hotel, Frankfurt, Germany (1963)

Ivoire InterContinental Hotel, Abidjan, Ivory Coast (1963)

Singapura InterContinental Hotel, Singapore (1963)

Mandarin Hotel, Hong Kong (1963)

InterContinental Jordon Hotel, Amman, Jordan (1964)

InterContinental Wien, Vienna, Austria (1964)

InterContinental Geneva Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland (1964)

InterContinental Jerusalem Hotel, Jerusalem (1964)

 Karachi InterContinental Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan (1964)

Esplanade InterContinental Hotel, Zagreb, Yugoslavia(1964)

 InterContinental Hannover Hotel, Hanover, Germany (1965)

 Oberoi InterContinental Hotel, New Delhi, India (1965)

 Pago Pago InterContinental Hotel, Pago Pago, American Samoa (1965)

  Siam InterContinental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand (1966)

InterContinental Dacca Hotel, Dacca, Bangladesh (1966)

 InterContinental Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia (1966)

 Continental Hotel, Accra, Ghana (1967)

 Ambassador InterContinental Hotel, Accra, Ghana (1967)

 InterContinental Quito Hotel, Quito, Ecuador (1967)

 InterContinental Lahore Hotel, Lahore, Pakistan (1967)

 InterContinental Rawalpindi Hotel, Rawalpindi, Pakistan (1967)

 InterContinental Auckland Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand (1968)

 InterContinental Lusaka Hotel, Lusaka, Zambia (1968)

 Musi-o-Tunya InterContinental Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia (1968)

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

 InterContinental Dusseldorf Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany (1969)

 InterContinental Manila Hotel, Makati, Philippines (1969)

 InterContinental Paris Hotel, Paris, France (1969)

 Bristal Kempinski Hotel, Berlin, Germany (1969)

 InterContinental Managua Hotel, Managua, Nicaragua (1969)

 InterContinental Nairobi Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya (1969)

 InterContinental Kabul Hotel, Kabul, Afghanistan (1969)

 Duna InterContinental Hotel, Budapest, Hungary (1969)

 InterContinental Medellin Hotel, Medellin, Columbia (1970)

 Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Hotel, Munich, Germany (1970)

 InterContinental Cali Hotel, Cali, Columbia (1971)

 InterContinental Teheran Hotel, Teheran, Iran (1971)

 Okura InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1971)

 InterContinental Kinshasa Hotel, Kinshasa, Zaire (1971)

 Cyrus InterContinental Hotel, Shiraz, Iran (1971)

 Darius InterContinental Hotel, Persepolis, Iran (1971)

 Portman InterContinental Hotel, London, United Kingdom (1971)

 InterContinental Cologne Hotel, Cologne, Germany (1971)

 InterContinental Valencia Hotel, Valencia, Venezuela (1971)

 InterContinental Guyana Hotel, Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela (1971)

 InterContinental Bucharest Hotel, Bucharest, Romania (1971)

 InterContinental Helsinki Hotel, Helsinki, Finland (1972)

 Keio Plaza InterContinental Hotel, Tokyo, Japan (1972)

 InterContinental Hamburg Hotel, Hamburg, Germany (1972)

 Taj Mahal InterContinental Hotel, Bombay, India (1972)

Lee Gardens Forum Hotel, Hong Kong (1972)

Okoume Palace InterContinental Hotel, Libreville, Gabon (1972)

 Ceylon InterContinental Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka (1973)

 Munich Penta Forum Hotel, Munich, Germany (1973)

 Mark Hopkins InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco, California, United States (1973)

Furama InterContinental Hotel, Hong Kong (1974)

 InterContinental Prague Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic (1974)

Borobudur InterContinental, Jakarta, Indonesia (1974)

 Rose Hall InterContinental Hotel/Country Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica (1974)

 InterContinental Rio Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1974)

 Emir du Liban Hotel, Beit-de-Din, Lebanon (1974)

 InterContinental Dubai Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (1975)

InterContinental Ocho Rios Hotel, Ocho Rios, Jamaica (1975)

 InterContinental London Hotel, London, United Kingdom (1975)

 Riyadh InterContinental Hotel, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1975)

 Makkah InterContinental Hotel, Makkah, Saudi Arabia (1975)

 InterContinental Zagreb Hotel, Zagreb, Croatia (1975)

 Khyber InterContinental Hotel, Peshawar, Pakistan (1975)

Victoria InterContinental Hotel, Warsaw, Poland (1976)

 InterContinental Maui Hotel, Maui, Hawaii United States (1976)

 Golf Forum/InterContinental Hotel, Abidjan, Ivory Coast (1976)

InterContinental Istanbul Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey (1976)

Saipan Beach InterContinental Inn, Saipan, Marianas (1976)

Muscat InterContinental Hotel, Muscat, Oman (1977)

InterContinental Kingston Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica (1977)

Ritz Carlton, Montreal Hotel, Quebec, Canada (1977)

Le Vendome Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon (1977)

Davao Insular InterContinental Inn, Davao, Philippines (1977)

Punta Baluarte InterContinental Hotel, Calatagan, Philippines (1977)

Massarah InterContinental Hotel, Taif, Saudi Arabia (1977)

Montfleur InterContinental Hotel, Cannes, France (1977)

InterContinental Barclay Hotel, New York, New York, United States (1978)

Four Ambassadors InterContinental Hotel, Miami, Florida, United States (1978)

InterContinental Berlin Hotel, Berlin, Germany (1978)

Ritz InterContinental Lisbon Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal (1979)

InterContinental Beograd Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia (1979)

Regency InterContinental Bahrain, Manama, Bahrain (1980)

Abu Dhabi InterContinental, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (1980)

InterContinental Hotel & Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States (1981)

Plaza InterContinental Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1981)

St. Anthony InterContinental Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, United States (1981)

Al Ain InterContinental Hotel, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (1981)

Pavilion InterContinental Singapore Hotel, Singapore (1982)

Athenaeum InterContinental Athens Hotel, Athens, Greece (1982)

Britannia InterContinental London Hotel, London, United Kingdom (1982)

May Fair InterContinental Hotel, London, United Kingdom (1982)

American Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1982)

Brussels Europa Hotel, Brussels, Belgium (1982)

Le Grand Hotel InterContinental Hotel, Paris, France (1982)

Prince des Galles Hotel, Paris, France (1982)

Meurice InterContinental Hotel, Paris, France (1982)

Lotti Hotel, Paris, France (1982)

Paris Penta Hotel, Paris, France (1982)

Carlton InterContinental Hotel, Cannes, France (1982)

George Forum/InterContinental Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom (1982)

De La Ville Forum/InterContinental Hotel, Rome, Italy (1982)

D’Angleterre InterContinental Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark (1982)

Dhahran Algosaibi Hotel, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (1982)

Victoria Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (1982)

Mount Royal Hotel, London, United Kingdom (1982)

Piccadilly Hotel, London, United Kingdom (1982)

InterContinental New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States (1983) 

InterContinental Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas, United States (1984)

InterContinental San Diego Hotel, San Diego, California, United States (1984)

Nairobi Safari Club Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya (1984)

InterContinental Luxembourg Hotel, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (1985)

Abha InterContinental Hotel, Abha, Saudi Arabia (1985)

InterContinental Hilton Head Hotel, Hilton Head, South Carolina United States (1985)

InterContinental Sydney Hotel, Sydney, Australia (1985)

Leconi Palace InterContinental Hotel, Franceville, Gabon (1985)

InterContinental Mombasa Hotel, Mombasa, Kenya (1985)

Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Hotel, Muscat, Oman (1985)

InterContinental Miami Hotel, Miami, Florida, United States (1986)

Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, D.C., United States  (1986)











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