Mar–A–Lago National Historic Landmark
Mar-A-Lago, Marjorie Merriweather Post's estate on Palm Beach Island.
|Location||1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Florida, USA|
|Area||80,000 square feet (7,400 m2)|
|Architect||Marion Sims Wyeth (exterior), Joseph Urban(interior)|
|NRHP Reference #||80000961|
|Added to NRHP||December 23, 1980|
|Designated NHL||December 23, 1980|
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 dignitaries. The mansion was not however used for this purpose, prior to being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter ranked Mar-A-Lago fifth on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.
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) estate is owned by Donald Trump. Trump paid $10 million for the estate in 1985. 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".
On October 3, 2006, Trump raised a 20-by-30-foot (6.1 by 9.1 m) American flag on an 80-foot (24 m) flagpole at Mar-a-Lago. Town zoning officials asked Trump to adhere to town zoning codes that limit flagpoles to a height of 42 feet (13 m). 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.
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.
- The history and memories behind Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach Post, Dec. 17, 2005
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- Mar-A-Lago at National Historic Landmarks Program
- Time, August 1, 1980
- Cecil N. McKithan (August 31, 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Mar-A-Lago". National Park Service. and PDF (942 KB)
- Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places
- "Trump Honored for Preservation of Mar-A-Lago". MiamiHerald.com. March 2003.
- History of The Mar-a-Lago Club
- Town cites Trump, but big banner still waves October 31, 2006
- City to Trump: You're Fined! CNN, Jan. 19, 2007
- Florida, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides, 2004, pg. 117
- The Trumps, Gwenda Blair, 2000, pg. 364
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mar-A-Lago.|
- Official website
- Donald Trump's house (Mar-A-Lago)
- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. FL-195, "Mar-a-Lago, 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, FL", 108 photos, 37 data pages, supplemental material
- Nylander, Justin A. (2010). Casas to Castles: Florida's Historic Mediterranean Revival Architecture. Atglen, Pa.: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 0764334352.