22709 FH PB estates aerials photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post 0061617A CUTLINE FOR 2/11/17: A 2009 photo tshows The Mar-a-Lago Club and the portion of South Ocean Boulevard that separates its front lawn from the beach. The nearby Estate Section neighborhood, part of which is seen at the right, is closed to through-traffic and non-residents. ORIGINAL CUTLIN 022709 FH PB estates aerials photo by Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post 0061617A - PALM BEACH - Florida Home and Jan Tuckwood history book aerials of Palm Beach estates and misc. Mar-a-Lago: Post cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post was Mrs. Edward F. Hutton when she commissioned Marion Sims Wyeth to build her a 58-bedroom Spanish-Moorish-Portuguese-Venetian palace on 17 acres of jungle between the ocean and the Intracoastal. By the time it was finished in 1927, Joseph Urban, a Viennese architect and theater designer, had provided much of the ornamentation. Six hundred workers labored for more than three years to build Mar-a-Lago, using boatloads of Italian stone and approximately 36,000 antique Spanish and Portugugese tiles, as well as old marble floors and roof tiles from Cuba. The living roomâ€™s immense gold-leafed ceiling is a copy of the famous â€œThousand-Wing Ceilingâ€ in the Accademia in Venice - only with secular rather than ecclesiastical motifs. The estateâ€™s 75-foot tower is a South Florida landmark - and a navigational aid to boaters. When she died in 1973, Post gave Mar a Lago (â€œocean to lakeâ€ in Spanish) to the U.S. government for a presidential retreat, but the government balked at its million-dollar-a-year maintenance cost and its site under the Palm Beach International Airportâ€™s flight path. In 1985, Donald Trump paid $10 million for the estate, which contained 33 bathrooms, three bomb shelters and a nine-hole golf course. Ten years later, he converted it to a private club with a spa, tennis and croquet courts, a new ballroom and beach club. Current initiation fees
Also spending the weekend at Mar-a-Lago: all of President Trump’s children except Ivanka Trump and her family, who are in Canada for Passover. Trump’s children, Mar-a-Lago Club members and guests posted images as they celebrated the holiday.