InterContinental Hotel Archives Neal Prince ASID

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

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Karachi InterContinental Hotel
Karachi, Pakistan (1964-1986)

InterContinental Hotel Collections
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Mr. Neal Prince,
R.A., A.S.I.D
(Curriculum Vitae)
Index Holdings Relating to the 1940's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1950's
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InterContinental  Hotels 

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,
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,
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


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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.



Karachi InterContinental Hotel


Karachi Inter-Continental Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan



Karachi, Pakistan




William Tabler - Hotel architect

Mr. William B. Tabler, Sr. (b. 1914-2004), American

Mr. William B. Tabler, was an Architect at the head of the movement to design hotels for efficiency, rather than charm, who designed more than 400 hotels in his career, most notably the mammoth hotels for the Inter-Continental Hotel Corporation properties, including, but not limited to:

Mr. Tabler, Sr. was further known for his work with various other corporations, including the New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center in New York, the Washington Hilton and the Hilton in San Francisco. He died on February 3rd, 2004 in Upper Brookfield, New York at the age of 89. Mr. Prince worked directly with Mr. Tabler, Sr., and his son, Mr. William B. Tabler, Jr., who remains with the firm and continues the legacy of talents of the highest level of experience that is difficult to find in todays market for Hotel Designers. Mr. Prince, noted many times over that with experience, brings solutions to every problem, and that is why the William B. Tabler  Architecture Firm did to allow the Inter-Continental Hotel Corporation to grow with great speed to what it has become today, the leader in International Hotel Industry.


Mr. William B. Tabler, Jr.  

Since Mr. William B. Tabler Jr. joining the firm, he has worked closely with the founder, his father, the late William B. Tabler Sr., FAIA on many award-winning projects located throughout the world, including The Hilton Hotel in New York City; The Meridian Hotel in Cairo, Egypt; The Heliopolis Meridian in Cairo, Egypt. He has also served as Project Designer and Project Architect for many projects constructed throughout the United States and overseas. In recent years, Mr. Tabler, Jr. developed an interest in combining a thorough knowledge of preservation with the advantage of modern design techniques in the renovation of many landmark hotels in New York City. Mr. William B. Tabler Jr. earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in 1965; a Masters in Architecture from Texas A&M in 1969 and a Masters in Urban Planning from Texas A&M in 1970. Mr. Tabler, Jr. is a Registered Architect in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and NCARB. Mr. Tabler, Jr. is the chairman of the planning board at the village of Matinecock, New York.

Source: Mr. William B. Tabler, Jr., William B. Tabler Architects Firm, New York, New York, United States
Source: Neal Prince InterContinental Hotel Corporation Archives, New York School of Interior Design, New York, New York, United States





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




306 air-conditioned guestrooms with balconies.

 - No Photograph is available at this time-


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.




Specialty restaurant, informal restaurant, cocktail lounge, and pool snack bar.

Photograph courtesy of Arie de Zanger, IHC Photographer


Meeting Facilities:

2 function rooms accommodating up to 250 people.

 - No Photograph is available at this time-






Mr. Prince hired the skills and talents of Mr. and Mrs. Keller for the Interior Designs for the Karachi InterContinental Hotel.


Samples of fabric swatches from local vendors in Karachi:









Images held by the Collection:

Karachi Inter-Continental Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan

These earlier images are further examples of the detail graphics and designs that were created by the talents  of Charles R. Alvey (Product Designer from Texas) and Richard Simpson (Graphic Artist from New York), both being graduates from Pratt Institute. They both were hired by Mr. Prince to become the first Department of its kind, to become the InterContinental Hotel Corporation's Department of Interior & Graphics Design. These images are another example of InterContinental Hotel's creating the Industry standards, which most of their competitors copied for their own Graphic's applications. In some hotels, this images are used to this day.  
Karachi Inter-Continental Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan

Luggage Lable designed by Charles R. Alvey

Neal Prince, Patricia and Dale Keller (Dale Keller & Associates), 2006

Mr. Prince hired Mr. Dale and Patricia Keller (Dale Keller & Associates) on several of the InterContinental Hotel Middle Eastern and Asian Properties, as being the worlds Leading International Hotel Designers in Projects that InterContinental Hotel were the First International Hotel Chain to build or to Established with those new Markets. Dale and Patricia creatively worked so very well directly with Mr. Prince or as Independent Consultants and Designer in allowing InterContinental Hotel Properties to be known for their great detail and designs. By which allowing the Properties to become known by their own personalities for the International Business or Tourist Traveler. Dale and Patricia remain active within the industry as consultants. Listed below are their Bio's:






Dale Keller is the Pioneer of Hotel Interior Design in Asia, having arrived in Japan in 1953 to attend the Tokyo University Graduate School of Architecture, where he studied the history of Japanese and Chinese Architecture.


In 1955, Dale Keller established his own design firm designing the interiors of factories, offices and clubs.  In 1957 he met his wife-to-be, Patricia, who had stopped in Tokyo on a design study tour of the world.  Patricia and Dale Keller are both graduates of Interior Design from the University of Washington and following her graduation; Patricia worked on the interior design for hotels in the United States of America, British Columbia, Denmark and France.


The first job together for Patricia and Dale Keller was the Marunouchi Hotel - Tokyo, followed soon after by the Okura Hotel and the Tokyo Hilton.  In 1961 they were invited to create the interior design of the Hong Kong Hilton.  This move triggered the start of an odyssey taking them worldwide with offices in Hong Kong, London and New York.


The Keller's' interior design practice soon grew into the largest interior design firm in the world specializing in the hospitality industry, annually being listed as number one in the Interior Design magazine list of "Giants in Hotel Design", with hotel designs underway in Manila, Bangkok, Singapore, Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Colombo, etc. In 1965, they were appointed interior designers for the first luxury resort to be built in Asia - the Bali Hyatt at Sanur Beach, Indonesia.  This became a land mark project involving the Keller's deeply into the arts and crafts of Indonesia, spending much time studying the craft techniques of Bali and Java.  The results were breathtaking and a resort of great charm was created with a strong national identity; a resort that could only have been created in Bali.  The entire interior - every piece of furniture, lamps, cushions - were actually fabricated in sheds on-site as there were no furniture factories as such in those days in Bali.


The Bali Hyatt won many Design Awards and operates as a very successful resort hotel to this day.


India became a cultural bridge for the Keller’s westward odyssey with work in Bombay, New Delhi and Madras.  India’s rich Mogul architectural heritage inspired many of the interiors in these projects.


The Keller's work expanded rapidly taking them into the Middle East, Europe and North America.


The 1970’s Middle East economic boom brought new challenges also new and ancient cultures to be studied and adapted to their work – Greek, Roman and Islamic.


Projects in Greece and Cyprus were inspired by Greco-Roman design elements where as the work in Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Bahrain and Doha was themed on Islamic design motifs.


In 1976 the fully restored and expanded Manila Hotel opened to great response.  This hotel was built in the early years of the 20th Century, survived the Second World War and fell into disrepair.  It was saved from demolition because of its landmark reputation.  The Keller’s gained great satisfaction in restoring this early Twentieth Century landmark which has won many awards worldwide.


The simple and serene Interior Design of the Regent at Hong Kong (now the InterContinental Hotel) set a new standard creating the bench mark for all future 5-Star Hotels, the impact of which has continued into the 21st Century.


Dale Keller was responsible for encouraging PATA to establish a Pacific Asia Heritage Society to actively pursue the protection and preservation of Asian landmarks, culture and living national treasures.  This has now become the PATA Foundation which actively sponsors seminars in various Asian countries and gives scholarships to worthy individuals.


The Keller’s were invited by the Sultan of Brunei to design the interior of his new Palace, the "New Istana", and the largest palace in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records.  A "chance of a life time" project.


China has always held a deep fascination for Dale Keller since his days at Tokyo University.  In 1972 the Keller’s were officially invited to China to study Chinese rug production in Beijing and Tianjin.  In 1979 they started working on the first "modern" hotel to be built in China, the Fragrant Hill Hotel, in the foothills outside of Beijing.  They worked for three years with I.M. PEI Architects to create a low rise "Chinese Style" hotel built around the remains of a 200 year-old Garden; a garden built for the Emperor K'ang Shi.  The Keller’s subsequently have created hotel interiors in major cities throughout China.


The Aman and the Four Seasons Resort in Bali are indeed high points of their career.  Here they were able to put to work their long experience in Indonesia and indeed their love for the Balinese culture.  They feel the design teams that created these resorts were ideal - architecture, landscape design, engineering and dedicated workmen.  The results give the Keller’s great satisfaction and they know that in time, thousands of guests will experience the serenity, the solitude and the grace of these unique environments.


Working as design consultants the Keller’s helped create the Prince Maurice resort, Mauritius and the Lemura Resort and Golf Hotel in the Seychelles.


Patricia and Dale Keller won the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award for their International Careers as Hotel Designers.  The award was presented to them at a Gala dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in London on the 6th December, 1999.


Patricia and Dale Keller continue to offer design consultancy services from their new home/studio in Bellevue, WA, United States.


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Semiramis InterContinental Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel, Athens, Greece

Furama Hotel (demolished 2003), Hong Kong

Taj Mahal Hotel InterContinental, Bombay, India

Hotel Borobudur InterContinental, Jakarta, Indonesia

Karachi InterContinental Hotel, Karachi, Pakistan
Lahore InterContinental Hotel, Lahore, Pakistan
Peshawar InterContinental Hotel, Peshawar, Pakistan
Rawalpindi InterContinental Hotel, Rawalpindi, Pakistan


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









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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