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Elvis Presley's Home Sweet Homes

Friday, October 2, 2015
Elvis Presley's Home Sweet Homes

A man's home is his castle - and so Graceland is definitely the king's castle.

But for about the first half of his life, Elvis and his family had many other home sweet homes. The family moved often in both Tupelo and Memphis, and lived in many different houses and apartment complexes. Before Elvis ever crossed the gates of Graceland, he called many other places in Memphis "home."

Let's take a look at where the Presley family lived in Memphis before their move to their beloved Graceland.

In November 1948, Elvis and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, packed up their 1937 Plymouth and drove about two hours northwest from Tupelo, Mississippi, to Memphis, Tennessee. Vernon and Gladys hoped for better job prospects in the bigger city, but work was often scarce or low-wage. And it wasn't just the three of them; other family members, such as Elvis' paternal grandmother, Minnie Mae, moved with the family, too.

The family's first address in Memphis was 370 Washington and they paid $11/week in rent. The Presleys stayed there for less than a year, and then moved to 572 Poplar, where they stayed just a few months. Elvis entered Humes High School while living on Poplar, and he earned mostly B's and C's in school.

In September 1949, the family moved to 185 Winchester Street, which is the address of the Lauderdale Courts apartments. The family shared a two-bedroom, first-floor apartment for $35 a month.

Elvis and Buzzy Forbess and Farley Guy hang out at Lauderdale Courts in 1954. Elvis' career was growing by the time this picture was taken.

The family stayed at Lauderdale Courts from September 1949 to January 1953, which was the longest time they lived at a single residence that wasn't Graceland.

Elvis had many friends who lived in and around Lauderdale Courts. Some of those friends remember playing music with Elvis in and around the complex. Even after Elvis found fame, he still went back to Lauderdale Courts to see his friends who lived there.

The family packed up again and moved to 698 Saffarans, which was across the street from Humes High School, followed just a couple of months later with a move to 462 Alabama in April 1953. Elvis graduated from Humes High School while they lived on Alabama.

Next, the family moved to 2414 Lamar Avenue in 1954, followed by 1414 Getwell in late 1955.

There isn't a lot of detail in Elvis biographies about these moves, because it's during this time that his career takes off. He records his first acetates at Memphis Recording Service (now Sun Studio), his first single, "That's All Right," is played on the radio, and he performs at his first concerts. He also performed at the Grand Ole Opry, joined the Louisiana Hayride, signed with Col. Parker and left Sun for RCA.

As his popularity soared, Elvis needed a better home. He and his parents purchased the house at 1034 Audubon Drive in March 1956, and they lived there for a year.

The young star and his family paid $29,500 for the house - the first they ever owned in Memphis.

Elvis' career skyrocketed in 1956. For the first time in his life, he had the money and the stability to truly buy his forever home, and so he did.

He purchased Graceland, located at 3764 Highway 51 South (now, of course, Elvis Presley Boulevard), in March 1957. After spending the first 22 years of his life moving from house to house, he was ready to settle down. When Elvis purchased Graceland, he didn't just purchase a house; he purchased his own home sweet home, and with that, stability like he'd never experienced before.

Elvis never moved from Graceland - or Memphis, although his career took him across the country and he could've lived anywhere. In the 20 years he lived at Graceland, he took care of his home, regularly redecorated it and managed to turn it into both the first true rock star's mansion and a cozy family home.

Elvis loved and was very proud of Graceland. Experience his home - from the beautiful living room to the unique Jungle Room to the dazzling Trophy Room - for yourself. Plan your trip to Graceland today.

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Elvis Presley's Audubon Home

Welcome to the official blog of Elvis Presley’s Graceland! You can take Elvis-inspired quizzes, get first-looks on events here at Graceland and how-to guides on everything you need to know about Elvis and his home. Like Elvis, we come with a little southern charm

Friday, March 11, 2016
Elvis Presley's Audubon Home

These days, everyone knows the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll lived in his own castle: Graceland.

But when you’re somewhere between up-and-coming star and legendary rock star, where do you call home?

The answer: 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, Tennessee.

Elvis and his parents, Gladys and Vernon, moved to Memphis when Elvis was 13, and for the next eight years, the family lived in several apartments and homes. But in early 1956, Elvis found success with a little tune you may have heard – “Heartbreak Hotel” – and he used the profits from that to purchase a home for his family in Memphis. This home was the first owned by the Presleys in Memphis.

Elvis purchased the home from the Welsh Plywood Corporation for $29,500, on March 12, 1956. He paid a $500 down payment on March 3.

The Audubon Drive home, built in 1954, has four bedrooms and two and a half baths. It didn’t have a fence at first, but as Elvis’ popularity grew, he added one. The fence even included some music notes, though those have since been removed. Elvis also had a pool installed.

Elvis’ neighbors on Audubon Drive truly had a rock star as a neighbor. He’d already made his first national television appearances. His first album arrived in stores about a week and a half after he purchased the house. He performed hundreds of concerts across the country. Audubon Drive was his home while he made his first movie, “Love Me Tender.” After he jammed out with his fellow Memphis musicians in the Million Dollar Quartet, he went home to – you guessed it – Audubon Drive.

Elvis and his parents lived on Audubon Drive for about a year before they purchased Graceland, which he called home for the rest of his life.

Today, 1034 Audubon Drive is privately owned.

If you love learning about Elvis, his life and his music, come to Memphis and visit Graceland.

Watch our first "Hidden Graceland" episode of our web series, Gates of Graceland to see a special mirror that Elvis brought with him from Audubon to Graceland.

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8 facts about Graceland - Elvis Presley's mansion - GeograFishka.


Since Graceland opened its gates to guests in June 1982, the Memphis mansion has become a place of pilgrimage for fans of Elvis Presley and not only. And while it's been more than 40 years since Elvis died, Graceland has retained the same look and feel as it did when he was alive, right down to the (now empty) spice containers in the kitchen cupboard. Here are eight facts you might not know about rock 'n' roll's most famous mansion. nine0003

1. Graceland is named after one of its original owners

Before Graceland entered rock and roll history, the land was owned by the Tuff family. In the 19th century, S.K. Tuff was in the printing business, and his daughter, Grace Tuff Ward, became the namesake of the place. Grace herself owned 80 hectares of land, which by 1939 passed to her sister, Ruth Tuff Brown.

Ruth and her husband then gave part of the land to their daughter, also named Ruth, and her husband Thomas Moore. The couple built a beautiful mansion on the site and named it Graceland. nine0003

2. Elvis bought Graceland when he was only 22 years old

Ruth and her husband divorced in 1952 and sold the house and 5.5 hectares of adjacent land to 22-year-old Elvis Presley in March 1957 for $102,500. Elvis was already living in Memphis, but recently his fame has skyrocketed, so Graceland has become a much-needed haven for him. At the time, he was busy filming Prison Rock (1957), so his parents and grandmother moved into the mansion about five weeks before. nine0003

3. Many animals lived in Graceland

Elvis and his family had many pets and farm animals, including dogs, chickens, ducks, pigs, horses and donkeys. Elvis also kept a turkey named Bowtie and a Balinese myna who borrowed phrases from telephone conversations such as "Elvis is sleeping" and "Elvis is not here." Graceland also had a pair of primates: a chimpanzee named Scatter and a squirrel monkey named Bambi.

Graceland has become little more than a stopping point for other animals. Elvis Presley gave his peacocks to the Memphis Zoo because they kept stripping the paint off his cars. The zoo also received a donation of two wallabies from Australian fans. nine0003

4. In Graceland's kitchen, Elvis always had his favorite foods

Elvis' fondness for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches is well known, but it wasn't the only snack he kept on hand. Graceland's (carpeted) kitchen has always had banana pudding, meatloaf ingredients, cookies and cream, fresh orange juice, ice cream, brownies, shredded coconut, hot dogs, gum, and more. There was also a button under the table that allowed Elvis to call for the next dish without yelling. nine0003

5. Jungle room used as a recording studio

The jungle room, with hand-carved furniture and a waterfall running down one wall, definitely deserves its name. However, in those days when Elvis often visited this place, it was simply called “the cave”. It was a great recording studio, thanks in part to the green carpet that covered the floor and ceiling.

In 1976, Elvis recorded his penultimate studio album, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee, there. The Jungle also served as a studio for musicians such as John Mellencamp, Kid Rock and Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley. nine0003

6. Elvis' aunt lived in Graceland even after it became a museum

Elvis Presley's parents, Vernon and Gladys, originally lived in the bedroom on the first floor (Gladys personally helped design the bathroom). They both died in the 1980s and Vernon's sister Delta moved into the bedroom. When Graceland opened to the public in June 1982, this room was simply not included in the tour itinerary.

Delta continued to live there for over ten years as thousands of people passed through the house, viewing the relics of all the deceased members of her family. She died at 1993, and her bedroom was included in the tour the very next year.

7. There are two planes in Graceland

Elvis Presley had five planes in total, and two of them, Hound Dog I and Hound Dog II, are available for inspection in Graceland. Hound Dog I, a Convair 880 he bought in 1975, is the most modern of them all. Although the plane cost Elvis only $250,000, he spent another $800,000 on a bedroom, a living room, two bathrooms, a conference room, a stereo system and lots of luxurious furniture. nine0003

8. No guests on the top floor

On August 16, 1977, Elvis died at the age of 42 from heart failure (probably from prescription drugs) in the bathroom on the top floor. To this day, this part of the house is off-limits to everyone except family members and Graceland employees. Angie Marchese, vice president of Graceland Archives and Exhibits, said on an Instagram tour that the bedroom hasn't changed at all since Elvis lived in it. nine0003

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Graceland - frwiki.wiki

For the articles of the same name, see Graceland (disambiguation).

Graceland is the name of singer Elvis Presley's residence located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. It currently serves as a mausoleum and museum, open to the public since 1982. nine0003

At , Gale Norton, United States Secretary of the Interior designated Graceland as National Historic Landmark , a National Historic Landmark.


Elvis Presley and his family at Graceland

Graceland was the home of Elvis Presley, but also a large part of his family.

Elvis Presley bought Graceland in 1957 after moving out of his Memphis home located at 1034 Audubon Drive for security and privacy reasons. He bought the property with income from his first gold record, Heartbreak Hotel , for $102,500. nine0003

He lived there for some time with his father Vernon Presley and his mother Gladys. After Gladys passed away in 1958, Vernon married Dee Stanley in 1960 and the couple lived in Graceland for a time.

Priscilla Beaulieu, Elvis' future wife, lived there for ten years: five years before their marriage in Las Vegas on , then another five years until the couple parted at the end of 1972 of the year .

B Elvis dies in his Graceland bathroom after suffering a heart attack. He was first buried in Forrest Hill Cemetery, but after an attempt was made to steal his tombstone, Elvis Presley's remains were quickly reburied at Graceland. nine0003

Graceland has since become a place of pilgrimage for Elvis fans around the world.


After the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Priscilla Presley became the manager of Graceland. At the time, the cost of maintaining the home was nearly $500,000 a year, and those expenses quickly reduced Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie's $5 million inheritance. Priscilla watched other famous residences or museums operate and hired businessmen to make Graceland a place to make money. She became the founder and president of "Elvis Presley's Enterprises": after the museum opened to the public at 19In 1982, the company ran a deficit for a while, but quickly turned a profit (over $100 million).

Elvis's annual pilgrimage to the grave is held every year on August 16, the anniversary of his death. The largest rally was held for the 25 - year anniversary in 2002. It was estimated that about 40,000 people attended that day.

The Graceland Museum has many items on display related to Elvis Presley, his stage costumes, awards, gold plates, cars, collections, and more. nine0003

Elvis grave

Elvis Presley's grave

Elvis' grave is outside Graceland by the pool. This is between his father and grandmother, not with his mother, as he requested. There is also a memorial stone at the site of Jesse Garon Presley, Elvis' stillborn twin brother.

Text inscribed on the grave french translation

January 8, 1935
August 16, 1977
VERNON Elvis Presley
He was a precious gift from God,
we are cherished and dearly loved.
He had a God-given talent that he
no doubt shared with the world.
He became the most popular: he
won the hearts of both young and old.
He was admired not only as an artist,
but also as a great humanist, which he was:
for his generosity and good feelings
towards his fellows.
He revolutionized the field of music and
received the highest awards,
he became a living legend of his time,
earned the respect and love of millions.
God saw that he needed rest, and
called him home to be with Him.
We miss you son and dad, I thank God for
that He gave you to us as our son.


Vernona Elvis Presley
Gladys Love Presley
Lisa Marie Presley
He was a precious gift from God,
He had a divine talent that he
no doubt shared with the world.
He received wide recognition:
won the hearts of his young and old comrades.
He was admired not only as an artist,
but also for the great humanist he was:
for his generosity and good feelings
for his neighbor.
He revolutionized the field of music and
received his greatest awards.
He became a living legend of his time,
having won the respect and love of millions of people.
God saw that he needed the world, and
called him home to be with him.
We miss you son and father, I thank God
for giving us you as our son.

Tourist destination

At the beginning of August 2005, Lisa Marie Presley sold almost 85 % of her share in the financial management of Graceland CKX, an entertainment company that , among others , produced the television show American Idol 908.

At , CKX Founder Bob Sillerman announced his goal of turning Graceland into an international tourist destination similar to Walt Disney's theme parks by dramatically increasing Graceland's footprint and capacity and doubling the number of visitors to its 600,000 visitors annually. . nine0003

Sillerman, who is in talks with investors, said he would ask local authorities to help improve some public spaces around Graceland. He wants to expand the visitor center and more display space for thousands of Elvis Presley-related items that have never been shown to the public. The possibility of building a new hotel nearby is also being considered.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi welcomed US President George W. Bush to Graceland +30 June, +2006

At US President George W. Bush received Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for a tour of the residence. Junichiro Koizumi has said that he is a big fan of Elvis Presley. They also share the same birthday (January 8).

Currently, the number of visitors varies from 600,000 to 700,000 per year. From its opening to the public until 2007, Graceland has hosted approximately 15 million visitors.


The living area of ​​Graceland is 1,630.6 m 2 , a total of 23 rooms, including eight bedrooms and the same number of bathrooms.

While tourists are allowed to visit Graceland, flash photography and video cameras are not allowed. A visit to Graceland is accompanied by audio explanations, and the first floor is closed to visitors: it is on this floor that Elvis's room is located, which no one has touched since the day he died.

The tour starts in the living rooms, including the kitchen, then continues down to the room where three TVs are showing videos of Elvis Presley. The hotel also has a bar and a billiard room. Outside is Elvis' grave. nine0003

In a separate room from the house, visitors can see Elvis' (André Cousin) car collection, as well as two of his private jets named Lisa Marie (Convair 880) and Hound Dog II (Lockheed JetStar).

Graceland's most significant piece is the Trophies, which showcase Elvis' vast collection of gold and platinum records, other awards, photographs, stage costumes and more.

In 2010, singer-guitarist Michael Poulsen of Volbeat (Elvis metal style) married his wife Lena in Graceland. nine0003

Graceland is the second most visited "private" residence in the United States after the White House.

Notes and links

  1. a b and c Bruno Lesprey, " In Graceland, all Elvis except music ", Le Monde , 2021) .

External links

  • Architectural resource:
    • nine0312 (en) National Register of Historic Places

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