Sunday, November 27, 2016


 The winter residence of the President-Elect was built by Marjorie Merriweather Post. The pictures are old but interesting. From Veranda:
In 1973, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post donated her 128-room Palm Beach mansion to the U.S. government to be used as the winter White House. And if the house's current owner Donald Trump wins the presidency in November, that's exactly what it will become. Here, T&C takes a look at the history of the property. Post was one of the world's richest women when she finished building Mar-a-Lago in 1927 at a cost of $7 million.

American architect Marion Sims Wyeth designed it (he also built the Florida governor's mansion in Tallahassee). The house is on 17 acres that border the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Florida's Intracoastal Waterway on the other. Post willed it to the American government upon her death for use as the winter White House. But in 1980, the government returned the house to Post's daughters because of the $1 million in annual maintenance costs. (Read more.)


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