Ducor Hotel, Monrovia Liberia
(All photos on this page by Julia Hedlund)
The Ducor Palace or Ducor Intercontinental Hotel was built in 1959-1962 on a hill overlooking the ocean in Monrovia Liberia. It operated as a luxury hotel until 1989 when civil war tore Monrovia and Liberia apart. After being used for various purposes during the long civil war the hotel was abandoned sometime in the late 1990s and occupied by squatters. From the late 1990s until 2007-2008 the 10 story 300 room hotel housed a large community of squatters. My sister, who took these pictures in 2013 remembers passing by the hotel in 2007 and seeing the hotel occupied with drying laundry hanging from the windows. The Liberian government began evicting the squatters in 2007 as plans to redevelop the site began to take form. The hotel was leased to the government of Libya in 2008. Muammar Gaddafi's Libyan government had planned to renovate and re-open the hotel. Architectural plans were drawn up for the renovation and the site was cleared, then Gaddafi's government was overthrown in 2011. Since then, the Liberian government has been looking for another investor to take over the project.
When my sister visited the hotel in 2013 it was open and unguarded. A few locals were enjoying the views from the property but it was otherwise unoccupied. More recent reports suggest that the Liberian government has posted a guard to keep people out of the site. The Liberian government has an active request for proposal for the renovation of the property. I'm not sure if there has been any serious interest in taking over the project since the Libyan plan fell apart.