Estate Holding Trust was developed, as a result of a
large amount of expressed
interests in preserving Mr. Prince's collections, as being
a historical importance, for his vast 74 years of
experiences as an Acclaimed Domestic and
International Professional Architectural Engineer,
an International foremost Interior Architectural Designer (as reference to
his designing Restaurants and Hotel Designs), from experiences through his
own eyes and those who lived those experiences with
Mr. Prince, for educational purposes, as reflected
in this Educational Depository Estate Holding Trust.
This Trust reflects the personal lifelong collections of Mr. Neal
Prince's extensive of fine artwork and antiques from
around the world, which this Trust mission to
maintain this vast informational and historical
source materials of Mr. Neal Prince's experiences,
professionally and personally, his associations, his
creativity in his professional life as an Architect,
Architectural Engineer, an Innovator as being an
International Hotel Architectural Interior Designer
that has spanned over 74 years of experiences.
But beyond his vast Professional Career, this Trust was solely developed
as noted above, as a depository for Mr.
Neal Prince and
the late Mr. Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.'s jointly held vast
Art Collections of various mediums, movements and
periods that vast from 1300 B.C. to Post Modern. And
this TRUST objectives are to share these privately
held holdings of historic importance's of these
source materials to the Public, my means of this informational website.
CURRICULUM VITAE SUMMARY:
Mr. NEAL PRINCE, Architect, Architectural Engineer,
Intercontinental Hotel Interior Designer, Playwright,
Actors Equity Member - was Born in Corsicana,
Texas with degrees in Architecture and Architectural
Rice University in
Houston, Texas. Mr. Prince enlisted military service with
the United States Army 39th Combat Engineers in
Italy. Returning to Texas, he became active as the
President of the Houston Little Theatre, which
produced a prizewinning play that he had authored.
After a period as President and Business Manager of the Houston Little Theatre, he went to
the East coast and served for a season as Director of
The Wyndham Playhouse, a Summer Stock Theater in New Hampshire. A spell in New York
with the Actors Studio brought him to the classical quandary of those bitten by the theatre bug: a regular job supporting
a regular diet or stick it out in Theater. Creature
comfort won and through the Architectural League he
secured a position with the firm of York & Sawyer
Architects in 1950, Firm was noted for the design of hospitals.
After several months of
observations in New York Bellevue Hospital, Mr. Neal Prince became the firm's expert on the layout and planning of
Hospital Emergency Rooms.
In due course he decided against a lifetime in Healthcare Architecture, Mr.
Neal Prince switched firms to Schoen & Hennessy
Architecture Firm in 1954 (The Named Partner was the son of Eugene Schoen,
renown architect), he was assigned a project to
design a motorway restaurant for Restaurant
Associates, the New York area's most creative force
in restaurant operations at the time. The job
involved a complete package: Architecture, Drafting
and Interior Design. Mr. Neal Prince took a genuine
interest in the latter, and made a career move to the Walter M. Ballard Corporation,
Interior Design Firm
in 1958, where, at Byron Calhoun's request, he did ad hoc work on a project to remodel the Hotel Jaragua in Ciudad Trujillo
in the Dominican Republic, most of which was never carried out, and a modest remodeling of the San Juan Hotel. The Firm of
Walter M. Ballard had a contract for the Interiors of the Phoenicia Inter-Continental Hotel in Beirut, and Mr.
was sent out there to work on the Interiors and also, because of his background, to represent the architect, Edward Stone,
in matters of the Interior layouts and finishes. All the furniture pieces were designed, crafted and manufactured locally.
In January 1961, Mr. Neal Prince was hired to work full time as the Director of Interior Design Division in the Pan-Am Development
Department with the intention, at least in developing countries, that Inter-Continental Hotel would produce its Interior Designs "in-house" and be reimbursed at cost under the TSA's. Mr.
Neal Prince shortly engaged Mr. Kenneth Smith,
from the Walter M. Ballard Firm, and Mr. Charles R.
Alvey, a specialist in Graphics and
Industrial Design. Mr. Neal Prince's concepts and ideas were the forefront of its time, after designing and opening as many as
International Inter-Continental Hotels from 1961-1985, Mr.
Neal Prince gained the deepest respect on the International Interior Design level. Mr.
uses function with ethnic style. With his ability to design
each new Hotel using local materials and talents, such as the native artists and craftsman, he produced each Hotel with its
own National personality and flare but maintained the Corporate highest standards of
Inter-Continental Hotel. Mr.
Neal Prince gained the respect and acceptance by the local authorities. This
in turn avoided any local resistance in building the new Hotels around the world. With the assistance of
Mr. Charles R. Alvey,
Mr. Kenneth Smith, Mr. James Ray Baker and Mr.
Richard W. Simpson and others, Mr. Neal Prince became an
Leading Hotel Innovator as he
helped created an
industry of International Hotel Designs and personalities that reflected the
indigenous Country in each property.
Inter-Continental Hotels gained much growth and respect throughout the world by those concepts of designs. Still today, his work is unknown
on a domestic level, but his concepts and designs are still cherished by all guest, management and the organization of
Inter-Continental Hotels Group. Much is to be learned from Mr.
Neal Prince's long history of experience from his first hotel, Phoenicia Inter-Continental
Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, to his last project doing the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Much is to be
passed down from Mr. Neal Prince's experience and
knowledge. It is important that Collections and
Memoirs are to be passed on, in
an educational manner, for all generations to learn
considerable effort has been made in good
faith to ensure that all information
accessible from this site of Archives and
memoirs are accurate. Despite this effort,
it is clear that errors are inevitable.
Consequently no guarantees are expressed or
implied as to the accuracy, timeliness,
currency or completeness of any information
authored by persons at or agents of the
Neal Adair Prince Trust or its Estate Trust
Holding affiliates, or accessible using
links from this site. Nor is any warranty
made that the information obtained from
this Educational Archival site or that of
an affiliate is valuable or useful for any
purpose. A reader assumes full
responsibility for any actions taken based
on information obtained from this
Educational Archival of Neal Prince Trust
web site. In particular, we emphasize that
the information available through this site
is for Educational and Informative purposes
only. All information from these archives,
are available to be reviewed by researchers
by appointment only. Please contact the
Trust Agents for further instructions.
Some Photographs may reflect artwork being
photographed through the original glass of
the frame artwork. This site is strictly
for informational purposes only. And by no
means will the Trust ever consider or
accept any offers to sell the Neal Prince
Estate Holding Trust Collections.