Businesswoman and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, the original owner of Mar-a-Lago, was born today in 1887. Read about her vision for Mar-a-Lago, which is now President Trump’s “Winter White House.”
In the early 1920s, Marjorie Merriweather Post wanted to build a home in Palm Beach. This wasn’t because she needed a place to stay—she already had a mansion in the area, called Hogarcito—but because she felt a larger abode would better suit her entertaining needs.
Palm Beach still had plenty of undeveloped land in the 1920s, and Post spent time crawling through jungle undergrowth in order to find the perfect spot on which to build. She ended up selecting 17 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Worth, a setting that inspired the name Mar-a-Lago, Spanish for “sea to lake.