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Mar–A–Lago National Historic Landmark
Mar-A-Lago, Marjorie Merriweather Post's estate on Palm Beach Island.
Mar-A-Lago is located in Florida
Location 1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, Florida, USA
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Area 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2)
Built 1924–27
Architect Marion Sims Wyeth (exterior), Joseph Urban(interior)[1][2]
NRHP Reference # 80000961
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 23, 1980[2]
Designated NHL December 23, 1980[3]

Mar-A-Lago (English pronunciation: /mɑɹ.ə.lɑ.goʊ/), built 1924-1927, is the name of the Marjorie Merriweather Post estate in Palm Beach, Florida.


Post built the house with her (then) husband, Edward F. Hutton. The architect was Marion Sims Wyeth, FAIA. Interior design and exterior decorations for the house were created by Joseph Urban.[4] 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.[5] The mansion was not however used for this purpose, prior to being declared a National Historic Landmark in 1980.[3][6] On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter ranked Mar-A-Lago fifth on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.[7]

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)[8] estate is owned by Donald Trump. Trump paid $5 million for the estate in 1985.[8] 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".[9]

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


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).[10] 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.[11] The flag pole incident was quietly resolved. Trump eventually dropped his lawsuit over the flag, and in exchange the town waived its fines. As terms of a court-ordered mediation, Trump would file for a permit and be allowed to keep an oversized pole on Mar-a-Lago that was 10-feet shorter than original pole and on a different spot on his lawn. The agreement also called for him to donate $100,000 to veterans’ charities.[12]

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

In January 2015 Trump initiated a $100 million lawsuit against Palm Beach County claiming that officials pressured the FAA to direct air traffic to the Palm Beach International Airport in a “deliberate and malicious” act over his Mar-A-Lago estate.[13] The air traffic is allegedly damaging the construction of the building and disrupting its ambience. Trump had previously sued twice over airport noise.[13][14]


  1. The history and memories behind Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach Post, Dec. 17, 2005
  2. 2.0 2.1 Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Mar-A-Lago at National Historic Landmarks Program
  4. Mar-a-Lago HABS No. FLA-195
  5. Time, August 1, 1980
  6. Cecil N. McKithan (August 31, 1981). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Mar-A-Lago" (PDF). National Park Service. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> and Accompanying 4 photos, exterior, from 1967. PDF (942 KB)
  7. Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Trump Honored for Preservation of Mar-A-Lago". March 2003.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. History of The Mar-a-Lago Club
  10. Town cites Trump, but big banner still waves October 31, 2006
  11. City to Trump: You're Fined! CNN, Jan. 19, 2007
  13. 13.0 13.1 Matt Sedensky (January 13, 2015). "Trump sues for $100M, says air traffic targets him". USA Today. Retrieved February 23, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Playford, Adam. Trump sues to prevent runway expansion, The Palm Beach Post,, July 19, 2010


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

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