David
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David asked in Entertainment & MusicCelebrities · 1 decade ago

What year did Elvis buy his home Graceland?

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    Elvis Presley bought Graceland in March 1957 for just under US$102,500. (Today, it is the property of Lisa Marie Presley under the terms of Elvis' will.)

  • deb
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    1 decade ago

    Elvis bought Graceland on March 19,1957.

  • 1 decade ago

    Elvis Presley bought Graceland in March 1957 for just under US$102,500. (Today, it is the property of Lisa Marie Presley under the terms of Elvis' will.)

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    Elvis Presley's Graceland, 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard (formerly known as South Bellevue Road/Boulevard), sits atop a hill in the suburb of Whitehaven, Memphis on U.S. Highway 51. It is around 8 miles south of downtown Memphis and the grounds stretch across 13.8 acres. Whitehaven was originally an unincorporated part of Memphis. It was later annexed by the city of Memphis.

    Elvis Presley bought Graceland in March 1957 for just under US$102,500. (Today, it is the property of Lisa Marie Presley under the terms of Elvis' will.)

    The Graceland property was originally established as a 500 acre farm during the American Civil War (1861-1865) by publisher S.E. Toof (owner of the Memphis Daily Appeal). Toof named the property after his daughter, Grace Toof. The present mansion (actually a Southern colonial mini-mansion) known as Graceland was built 1939 by Dr. Thomas and Ruth Moore. Mrs Moore was the niece of Grace Toof.

    The property was later sold by the couple's daughter, Ruth Marie, herself to later become a celebrated harpist with the Memphis Symphony, to (another) musician, Elvis Aaron Presley.

    Elvis was fortunate to get Graceland as it had already been sold to the YMCA for US$35,000 when he saw it. By upping the price significantly Elvis finally obtained his 'home'. The purchase was funded by a combination of $10,000 cash deposit, trade of the Presley home on Audoban Drive for $55,000 and mortgage of $37,500.

    The two-story mansion is constructed of Tishomingo or tan Tennessee limestone and the number of rooms it houses has varied between eighteen or twenty-three, including five to eight bedrooms and up to eight bathrooms. Corinthian columns form the entrance portico. Elvis painted the mansion blue and gold, which glows at night. The painting was undertaken by C.W.Nichols. It turned out Nichols was not a member of the local painter's union, and Graceland was picketed by Painter's Local #49.

    Renovations over the years have seen Graceland grow from 10,266 square feet to 17,552 square feet. While Elvis liked redecorating, his parents added their own touches: a vegetable garden and a chicken coop.

    Elvis and his parents called Graceland home from 1957 for the remainder of their lifetimes. Also resident at Graceland was Elvis' maternal grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley, who outlived her son, daughter-in-law and grandson, passing away on May 8, 1980 at the age of 86. Vernon's sister, Delta, also lived at Graceland for a number of years.

    The front room features a white marble fireplace and Louis XIV furniture. After buying Graceland, Elvis added several rooms including a trophy room and racquetball court. In addition, Elvis erected a pink Alabama fieldstone wall around the property and also the famous wrought-iron, guitar gates at a cost of $3,052. The stone wall around Graceland is periodically cleaned with a pressurized water system so that fresh graffiti can be left by visiting fans.

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