Remembering Graceland, Elvis Presley’s weird and wonderful mansion

Left: Elvis Presley strolls the grounds of his Graceland estate in circa 1957 (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images). Right: Graceland today (Mario Tama/Gettty Images)

Of many things left behind by the late, great Elvis Presley, one of the most strange and memorable is his 10,000 square foot custom mansion in Memphis, Tennessee; a property he purchased at the ripe old age of 22.

Graceland is the iconic Colonial Revival house that sits on top a massive 13-acre farmland in southern Memphis. Elvis bought the house in 1957 and spent over half a million dollars customising it to suit his unique taste. It was the home where Elvis and his family grew up; there he remained until his untimely death at the age of 42.

His daughter, the late Lisa Marie Presley, inherited the estate at the age of 23, only a year older than her father was when he first bought it. Following her tragic early demise, and a subsequent legal dispute over ownership of the home, ownership was eventually passed on to her daughter Riley Keogh.

More than 600,000 travellers make the trip each year. It’s an altogether stranger experience than many expect, with visitors surprised and delighted to learn just how kitsch and unconventional The King’s tastes in decor could be.

At the time, critics saw the flashy house decorated with crystal decanters, stained glass framing the doorway, and a vast array of Polynesian themed furniture and complained Elvis was too vulgar and gaudy for his young age.

However, seeing the lavish interior of Graceland today, is simply one of the greatest reminders of Elvis’ genius.

One of the lounge rooms at Graceland decorated for Christmas. Source: Facebook/Elvis Presley's Graceland
One of the lounge rooms at Graceland decorated for Christmas. Source: Facebook/Elvis Presley’s Graceland

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The incredible house boasts features like a racquetball court, a swimming pool and a wrought-iron fence that famously resembles a sheet of music.

The Jungle Room is one of the most famous areas of the magnificent house. The unusually decorated den is complete with an indoor waterfall cut from stone, avocado coloured shag carpets everywhere you turn, and exotically carved wood pieces. This room quickly became a Presley favourite as it reminded Elvis and his family of Hawaii, where the singer and actor loved to vacation often.


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The home is now a museum, open for tourists and fans to explore every inch including the outlandish 1970’s interior design, the massive trophy building drenched in personal mementos, and of course the meditation garden.

This peaceful outdoor mediation garden is where Elvis and members of his family have now been laid to rest. People from all over the world have come to pay their respects to the legend himself at the very place he passed.

(Photo: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Since its official opening to the public in 1982, the famous home has seen over 20 million people walk through its doors. With the mansion becoming more and more enticing each year, the iconic destination will forever be a must-see for any die hard Elvis fan.

Eager to visit Graceland?

Head to Travel at 60 to browse our Memphis tours currently available, or phone our friendly Aussie travel team directly on 1300 414 198.

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