Mar-A-Lago

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Mar–A–Lago National Historic Landmark
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Mar-A-Lago, Marjorie Merriweather Post's estate on Palm Beach Island.
Mar-A-Lago is located in Florida
Mar-A-Lago
Location 1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Coordinates 26°40′40″N 80°02′10″W / 26.67778°N 80.03611°W / 26.67778; -80.03611Coordinates: 26°40′40″N 80°02′10″W / 26.67778°N 80.03611°W / 26.67778; -80.03611
Area 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2)
Built 1924–27
Architect Marion Sims Wyeth (exterior), Joseph Urban(interior)[1][2]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80000961
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 23, 1980[2]
Designated NHL December 23, 1980[3]

Mar-A-Lago ("mahr-ah-lahgo"), built 1924-1927, is the name of the Marjorie Merriweather Post estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

History[edit]

Post built the house with her (then) husband, Edward F. Hutton. The house was designed by Joseph Urban. Upon her death in 1973 Marjorie Post willed the 17-acre (69,000 m2) estate to the U.S. Government as a retreat for Presidents and visiting foreign dignataries.[4] The mansion was not however used for this purpose, prior to being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980.[3][5] On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter ranked Mar-A-Lago fifth on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.[6]

Mar-A-Lago has frequently hosted the International Red Cross Ball, an annual white tie, tails, and tiara ball. Founded by Mrs. Post, it has a history of attracting wealthy socialites and ambassadors from across the world in support of the mission of the American Red Cross. Now home to the Mar-A-Lago Club, the 126-room, 110,000-square-foot (10,219 m²)[7] estate is owned by Donald Trump. Trump paid $10 million for the estate in 1985.[7] After acquiring the property in 1985, Trump had the property renovated, with 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, a 29-foot (8.8 m)-long pietra dura marble top dining table, 12 fireplaces, and three bomb shelters. Also, the home has five clay and one grass tennis court with a waterfront pool. Further additions have been made since then, including the recent construction of a 20,000-square-foot (1,900 m2) ballroom. The name Mar-A-Lago is Spanish for "Sea to Lake".[8]

In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley spent their honeymoon at Mar-a-Lago.

On October 3, 2006, Trump raised a 20' x 30' American flag on an 80' flagpole at Mar-a-Lago. Town zoning officials asked Trump to adhere to town zoning codes that limit flagpoles to a height of 42'.[9] This dispute led the town council of Palm Beach to charge Trump $1,250 for every day the flag at Mar-A-Lago remained. Trump filed a lawsuit against the town.[10]

The flag pole incident was quietly resolved. The six-month stand-off ended as town officials agreed to a settlement that will lower the banner 10 feet (3.0 m) and move it away from the ocean. All fines were dropped and Trump contributed $100,000 to various charities for Iraq War veterans, the American flag or veterans' hospitals. Trump dropped his $25 million lawsuit against the town.

Living room of Mar-A-Lago, circa 1967
Entrance to Mar-A-Lago owner's suite, April 1967.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Florida, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, 2004, pg. 117
  • The Trumps, Gwenda Blair, 2000, pg. 364

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