InterContinental Hotel Archives Neal Prince ASID

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

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InterContinental Lusaka Hotel
Lusaka, Zambia (1968)

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
Index Holdings Relating to the 1950's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1960's
Index Holdings Relating to the 1970's
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Index Holdings Relating to the 1990's
Biography 2000'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

Inter-Continental Lusaka Hotel Monogram 

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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.



InterContinental Lusaka Hotel




Lusaka, Zambia




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


Guest Rooms annd Suites:        

210 completely air-conditioned guestrooms. Hotel is walking distance of the various embassies and governmental buildings.


MEMO: The Prints for each Guestroom and the Suites were designed by Stanely Linder, under the pseudonym name of Randolph Beaumont

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BEAUMONT, Randolph 


Randolph Beaumont was a pseudonym Artist name that was created by Mr. Stanley Linder, of  New York. Mr. Linder was an Artist, that Mr. Neal Prince had hired to assist him on the new InterContinental Lusaka Hotel in Lusaka, Zambia in 1966, through Mr. James Ray Baker. Under the direction of Mr. Prince, each InterContinental Hotel was designed and created to give each guest the feeling of the local culture, thus giving each Hotel is own personality. It is important to realize that the flow of investment for new projects within under developed countries is better when you have the local people supporting your venture. Mr. Prince took this school of thought one step further, by bringing the local Artist and Master Craftsman into the process, the locals embraced the projects. By doing so, the local Artist works were displayed in the lobbies, restaurant’s and guest rooms. With respect to the InterContinental Lusaka Hotel, there were no Artist in the local area that would have been able to supply each room with framed hanging art. Therefore, Mr. Linder created various renderings that were copied through the Block Print processed, framed and signed under a pseudonym name of " Randolph Beaumont ", as references on all of his Prints. Mr. Linder's framed renderings allowed each Guest rooms, or Suites rooms, to give that personal touch of being in ZambiaAfrica. These Prints were samples of what were actually hung in the Guest rooms and Suite rooms to create that local personality of the Hotel. The Hotel opened to the public in 1968 with great success.







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, 2 informal restaurants, 2 cocktail lounges, bar, snack bar and casino:


Laungwa Bar -

Laungwa Bar, Lusaka, Zambia


The Mutanda Coffee Hut -

Mutanda means "little house", reflects the casual mood for breakfast, lunch or light snacks. This coffee hut was designed to become a charming, informal place for meals.


Mutanda Coffee House



Makumbi Rooftop Restaurant and Bar-

Makumbi means "up in the clouds" and this rooftop restaurant and bar are just that.

Makumbi Rooftop Restaurant



Meeting Facilities:       

4 functional rooms, accommodating up to 450 people.


Lusaka ICH, Lusaka, Zambia



In 1966, Neal Prince hired the G.B. Designs, Inc., located out of New York City, whereby the G.B. Designs, Inc. was a partnership between Joseph Grusczak, A.I.D., President and James Ray Baker, A.I.D. to provided complete renderings for the New Construction, which consisted of various design renderings detailing of all fixed decor, provide the selection of all furniture, fixtures and soft goods, provide documentation for bids and purchasing for the public Lobby, the Mutanda Coffee Hut, Lauangwa ar, the Makumbi Rooftop Restaurant and Bar and the various Guestrooms and Suites, with the final approval by Mr. Neal Prince, for the Hotel. The renderings and designs were inspired by the local culture of Lusaka, Zambia, Africa.

The G.B. Designs, Inc. Agreement was disbanded in 1972 and Joseph Grusczak and James Ray Baker continued to be hired by Neal Prince, on the behalf of the InterContinental Hotels during Mr. Prince's tenure.


Images held by the Collection:



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.




InterContinental HOTEL






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.


-Director of Interior & Graphic Design

Hotel Development

Neal Prince, AID, ASID


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