Liberace Mansion Given Historic Designation the Legend Lives On
Martyn Ravenhill A prominent UK business person and longtime Liberace fan was pleased to announce in the summer of 2013 his purchase of Liberaces’ former 14,939-square-foot estate out of foreclosure for $500,000. Sounds like a good deal but wait. He was getting ready to undertake the challenge of preserving the mansion to it’s former glory as it once was not anticipating a cost of over $2,000,000.00 !!! Some time later, Ravenhill’s enthusiasm is beaming with joy after celebrating the completion of the estate and 2016 is the year the mansion has received historic designation. Liberace Mansion has won Official Historic Designation Status and is now a noted landmark. History was made when Martyn Ravenhill received unanimous approval from the Clark County Board of Commissioners because the Liberace Mansion is the first site to be placed on the Clark County Historic Register in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Sequin-clad entertainment icon, Liberace, made his opulent home in Las Vegas Nevada and had long been considered by the city of Las Vegas as one of its founding fathers helping Vegas as so many other stars have done in the past. Liberace fans travel worldwide have been drawn to pay homage to the Shirley Street Mansion, visiting the city to see the frequent displays of costumes and memorabilia the Liberace foudation exhibits from time tot ime, or most recently to take a look at the actual home where he resided. It is a property that is lovingly restored to the fabulous glories of its heyday in the 1970s.
Interest in Liberace and his iconic Las Vegas mansion was most recently renewed following the success of the 2013 movie ‘Behind the Candelabra’ starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. English business person Martyn Ravenhill, a lifetime fan, purchased the property in 2013, but says that his primary interest was to preserve a memento of an extraordinary epoch of Las Vegas history, the Liberace years. That dream has now become a reality with the Clark County Commission’s ruling this year that the Liberace mansion will enjoy official historic status. This protects the property, and as the proud owner Martyn Ravenhill says ‘This was a home,’ he emphasizes. ‘This was something special to Liberace, and it should be something unique to Las Vegas for many years to come.’
This Englishmen know’s quite a bit about preserving history, and Martyn Ravenhill assures us that Liberace was Las Vegas royalty without a doubt. Certainly the man himself had a few jeweled crowns in his collection!
The mansion will be opened for public viewing by appointment, events, and educational programming. It is expected that this will help strengthen Clark County tourism, a likelihood which no doubt persuaded the board.