In 1973, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post 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, Town & Country took 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 of $7 million.
American architect Marion Sims Wyeth designed it (he also 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 the house to Post's daughters because of the $1 million in annual maintenance costs.
1980 was also the year it was also declared a National Historic Landmark.
Enter Donald Trump. The mogul's reported for the property — $28 million — was turned down. He ended up getting it for $5 million in 1985, plus $3 million for Post's antiques and furniture.
He turned it into a private club in and built a 20,000-square-foot ballroom with $7 million in gold leaf.
He also spent $100,000 on four gold-plated sinks. Basically, there's gold everywhere you look.
Trump's former butler and Mar-a-Lago's unofficial historian, Anthony Senecal, the New York Times about the house's "library, paneled with centuries-old British oak and filled with rare first-edition books that no one in the family ever read."
Senecal was investigated by the Secret Service earlier this year for threatening comments he made on Facebook about Barack Obama.
Trump fought the town of Palm Beach over the size of this American flag. The original, installed in 2006, was on an 80-foot pole, and Palm Beach ordinances forbade flag poles higher than 42 feet with a daily fine of $250.
He sued for $25 million claiming his right to free speech was being violated. Ultimately he and the town came to an agreement: Trump switched to a smaller flag posted on a 70-foot pole. And instead of paying fines, he $100,000 to veterans' charities.
When Trump is in residence, he and his family stay in a private wing of the house.
Club members pay a $100,000 initiation fee and annual dues of $14,000 (along with an annual food minimum of $2,000) for the privilege of using the facilities like this pool. Trump $15.6 million from the club in 2014.
He's obviously pleased with his purchase: "I have 24 acres in Palm Beach and nobody has anything like that," Trump at a show jumping event there in 2014. "A big house is on one acre. I have 24. It's the great estate of Palm Beach."
Post's Washington, D.C., estate, by the way, is now a museum. It's called . No word on whether the Donald has toured it yet.
Last year Trump sued Palm Beach Country for what he "deliberate and malicious" moves to direct departing flights from the Palm Beach International Airport over Mar-a-Lago.
The suit is and might go to trial by the end of the year. That is, unless, Trump wins in November. In that case, the Secret Service could a no-fly zone over the soon-to-be winter White House.