Elvis Presley House

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Elvis Presley House
Elvis Presley house NRHP ID 05001217.jpg
Location1034 Audubon Dr.
Memphis TN
Coordinates35°6′12.0378″N 89°55′11.2116″W / 35.103343833°N 89.919781000°W / 35.103343833; -89.919781000Coordinates: 35°6′12.0378″N 89°55′11.2116″W / 35.103343833°N 89.919781000°W / 35.103343833; -89.919781000
Builtca. 1954
ArchitectHoward Handwerker[1]
Architectural styleRanch
NRHP reference #05001217
Added to NRHP2006

Elvis Presley House is a one-story ranch style house in a residential neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee. Singer Elvis Presley lived here with his parents between March 1956 and March 1957,[2] before moving to Graceland.

About the house[edit]

The house is a one-story ranch-style house with concrete foundation and two-car attached garage.[1] It is located in a quiet residential neighborhood. It has four bedrooms and two bathrooms.[3] A brick and metal fence was installed by the Presley family.[4] In the backyard is a motorcycle garage.[4] Elvis installed a pool in the backyard in 1956,[1] which was reported to be the largest residential pool in the city at the time.[5] The pool was removed in 2006.[6]

Originally the house was painted green,[1] then white, then green again.[6]

History[edit]

House with mailbox

Elvis purchased the house on March 12, 1956 for $29,500 from the Welsh Plywood Corporation.[6][7] Elvis placed a down-payment of $500 on the house.[2] He was 22 years old.[2] The new home was not far from his previous residence at 1414 Getwell Road.[6]

Shortly after moving there, Elvis' song Heartbreak Hotel became the most popular song in the nation, and fans mobbed the house.[8] The house quickly became a focal point for fans, media and celebrities to visit.[4][6] Photos of the house were published in national magazines such as Look, Seventeen, and Parade.[6] Police frequently were called to deal with the mobs of fans who would line the street.[8][6]

The crush of fans and photographers became too much, and after 13 months[6] Elvis moved to Graceland.[6] Elvis sold the Audubon Drive property as part of the purchase of Graceland.[6] Elvis and Graceland owner Ruth Moore swapped residences; Ruth moved into the Audubon home as Elvis moved into Graceland.[6] The property has been sold about eight times since.[6]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March 2006,[1] shortly before its public auction on eBay.

The house was put up for sale via eBay auction in May 2006.[5][4] At first, it was widely reported that spoon-bender Uri Geller won the auction with a bid of $905,100.[3][5][9] However, the house was instead sold to record company executive Mike Curb[5] for a reported one million dollars.[10][6] Curb turned oversight of the property over to the Mike Curb Institute at Rhodes College[6]

The new owners repainted the house from white to a green color similar to the one when Elvis owned it, renovated the fence, and removed the pool.[6] The house is currently not open to the public,[6] but occasionally hosts small VIP events and private music concerts.[11] In April 2017, the house was damaged by fire while undergoing renovations.[11] Most of the contents of the house were undamaged because they were safely secured elsewhere at the time.[11]

Plaque[edit]

Elvis Presley house plaque.jpg

A plaque on the brickwork on the fence reads:

On March 20, 1956 Elvis Presley and his parents, Vernon and Gladys, moved into 1034 Audubon Drive purchased with royalties from his first million-dollar-selling record, "Heartbreak Hotel." It was the year that defined his career. The home is now owned by the Mike Curb Family Foundation dedicated to the support of music education and the restoration of historic music locations. In 2006, the foundation created the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College to advance music-related preservation and research.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "NRHP Registration Form". National Park Service. US National Park Service. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Elvis Presley's 1956 Home : 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis, TN". Elvis Presley News. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b Australia, Elvis (17 May 2006). "Elvis Presley's Audubon Drive House Sold for $905,100". Elvis Presley News. Reuters. Archived from the original on 28 October 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Honky Tonk Hall of Fame Announces Elvis Presley's 1956 Audubon Drive Home Open For Bids On EBayAuction Site". Bustinesswire. 11 April 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Uri Geller loses Elvis house in eBay mix-up". NME. 3 June 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Moore, Scotty. "1034 Audubon Drive". Scotty Moore. Archived from the original on 28 March 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  7. ^ Guralnick, Peter (1999). Elvis Day by Day: The Definitive Record of His Life and Music. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0345420893.
  8. ^ a b "Elvis First Home 1034 Audubon Drive Sold on eBay for $905,100". Elvis Presley News. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Elvis's home sold to Uri Geller". BBC News. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Uri Geller loses lawsuit over eBay bid for former Elvis home". The Jerusalem Post. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  11. ^ a b c Pignolet, Jennifer (22 April 2017). "Elvis Presley's former Memphis home damaged by fire". USA Today. Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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