Graceland

3764 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee

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Photo taken by John Christeson in October 2017

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Description 

Elvis Presley is widely regarded as one of the most culturally influential figures of the 20th century. Twenty-seven years after his death, he is still known throughout the world by his first name alone. Elvis Presley is the only artist to be inducted into three music halls of fame: Rock 'n' Roll, Gospel, and Country. Elvis Presley's role as the leader of the cultural revolution that transformed American society and values at mid-century is extremely significant. Graceland, Elvis Presley's beloved home for more than 20 years, has been so directly associated with him since its purchase in 1957 that Elvis and Graceland are synonymous. Such a strong association between a man and his home is unique and unprecedented in the 20th century, and the site's extraordinary integrity from its period of significance reinforces this relationship. Graceland was Presley's primary residence for 20 years of his 22-year career. Presley owned several other properties, but Graceland is the site most associated with his productive life and important achievements. Graceland is one of the most visited historic house museums in the United States, and its visitation statistics put Graceland in the same league as Hearst Castle, Biltmore Estate, Monticello and Mount Vernon. Anniversaries of Presley's birth and death are commemorated at Graceland, where Presley, his parents, and paternal grandmother are buried in the Meditation Garden on the south side of the house. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, March 27, 2006

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1991
Reference number
91001585
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Area of significance
Performing Arts
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
District
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Museum; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1975-2000
Significant year
1957
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 11
Contributing structures: 5
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • November 11, 2017: New photos from John Christeson
  • November 10, 2017: New photos from John Christeson

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