How the Trump family’s empire is evolving: A look back at the ‘Trump Crystal Palace’
The Wall St. Journal – WASHINGTON — The Trump Crystal Palace has been in business for nearly a century.
Its original owner, a real estate developer, bought it in 1933 from an anonymous benefactor who then sold it to Donald J. Trump for $1.25 million.
Now the palace, with its original blue tile roof and its white marble columns, has become a symbol of the Republican Party, a museum to Donald Trump, and a symbol for the country.
When the estate of late financier and political ally Frank VanderSloot passed the estate to his son, Donald Jr., it was to build a luxury hotel, the Trump Taj Mahal.
The hotel, completed in 1994, was a model of luxury, with a glass floor, private elevator, an 18-car garage and two separate parking lots.
As Trump became president, it also became a symbol.
The Trump Taj took on a life of its own, hosting a reality show and the occasional presidential event.
At Trump’s behest, the Taj became a reality TV star.
Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, was given the title of co-chairman of his business empire and has been leading a crusade against the Affordable Care Act.
On Thursday, the president tweeted a photo of the Taj’s grand staircase, flanked by its grand entranceway, flanked with Trump Tower towers and flanked by the Trump Crystal Palaces.
“We can only dream of what it would have been like to have the Taj Mahals and Trump Plaza as our own private home,” he wrote.
A spokesman for the Trump Organization did not respond to a request for comment.
In the 1970s, Donald Trump had a major role in opening the Taj in New York.
But by the early 1990s, he was not involved in the operation of the hotel.
Donald Jr. and Ivanka became interested in the Taj during the 1990s.
While the Trump Plaza was still in its prime, Ivanka became involved with the management of the palace.
She took a role as its vice president of development and also helped run the Trump Foundation.
According to a person familiar with the matter, Ivanka was not personally involved with how the Trump Palace was managed.
Ivanka’s role at the Taj had its own challenges.
Its construction, like Trump’s, was financed largely by private investment.
Its financing was also limited to a small number of developers, and it did not have enough hotel rooms for guests.
It also had to pay hotel and dining room staff a flat fee, making it difficult for the resort to make enough money to maintain the hotel, a former employee said.
Still, Trump was not entirely satisfied with the Taj.
One of the early problems that the Taj faced was that it was not a hotel.
It had a long, narrow main hall, and was too small for a luxury suite, a member of the Trump estate said.
The hotel was also short on space, so it could not accommodate large groups, according to the Taj insider.
Some staff were upset that Ivanka had not stepped in and stepped up, and the hotel’s management was not making sure that guests could get a room, the person said.
This led to staff complaining to management that they had been let go and were being treated like sub-par employees.
Eventually, some staff were hired to help with the construction.
This group included the executive director of the construction company, the general contractor and a few contractors, according a person who worked for the company.
They would work weekends and nights to finish the construction, the source said.
Some of them were even paid on weekends and evenings.
After the Taj was finished, the hotel went through a major expansion, and eventually the Trump Family was involved.
But Trump was still not happy.
For the next few years, he would not allow Ivanka and her husband, Eric, to attend the Taj and other Trump properties, sources said.
Ivanka did not want to go to the Trump Palaces, the same sources said, but she was willing to work from the comfort of her home.
She was not happy that the hotel was still being managed by the Taj, and she did not like how the management was treating staff.
She also did not enjoy the fact that the Trump name was on the building.
Over the years, Trump would periodically visit the Taj to visit with his family and visit the hotels where his family was staying.
In 1993, he paid $200,000 to build the Taj into the Taj Majestic, which is now the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan.