ISPADA Israeli Planning, Architecture and Development in Africa
Ducor Palace Hotel Monrovia
Adolf Hoch, Chaim Heinz Fenchel and The Mayer Brothers
Courtesy of Mayer- Leitersdorf family Archive
liberia | 1959
The Ducor Palace Hotel was built by the Mayer brothers entrepreneurs and designed by Adolph Hoch and Caim Heinz Fenchel in Monrovia, Liberia in 1960. Operated by the Intercontinental Hotels chain, it was one of the few five-star luxury hotels in Africa. Golda Meir, then Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended its inauguration ceremony. The Hotel was closed in 1989, just before the beginning of the First Liberian Civil War. It suffered significant damage during the war and became a center for squatting by the displaced residents of Monrovia slums.