The famous Liberace Mansion did not start as the single 15,000 sq. ft. mansion it is today. It was two separate homes that Liberace bought, built together, then expanded and modified through the years. Many official records have been lost but through research and wonderful conversations with fans and friends we were able to piece together the mansion’s delightful story.
In March 2, 2016 The Liberace Mansion was proudly given Clark County’s first Historic Designation.
The original properties were built in 1962. Liberace purchased several properties in 1972 then immediately began a massive renovation project. It included the joining of two adjacent homes inside and out. This huge project became what is now known as The Liberace Mansion. Liberace bought other properties next to the mansion but kept them separate for use by members of his staff. He created and built a compound where the mansion served as the crown jewel undertaking the glamour and opulence of its incomparable owner. It sits just minutes away from the famed Las Vegas Strip but in 1972 the original area was considered secluded. Because of this, the mansion stood out against the other structures and desert backdrop of the day.
When Liberace died in 1987, the mansion and the other surrounding pieces were sold individually. The properties changed hands multiple times and at first the mansion remained a symbol of Liberace and his celebrated intrinsic “more is better” life maxim. As time evolved; the glitz slowly faded to glimmer and, the ownership of the mansion fell victim to inadequacy. Accompanied with a suffering economy resulted in the mansion falling deeper into disrepair and dilapidation. The mansion, once a grand representation of a luxurious, magical, charismatic celebrated glittering lifestyle of the era, fell victim to abandonment, disregard, and neglect.
In August 2013, the Liberace Mansion was purchased by Mr. Martyn Ravenhill, a businessman from the United Kingdom and a Liberace fan. He saw an ad for the mansion and purchased it for $500,000. After three hard years of major renovations, it finally reopened its doors for private guided tours and events.
RESTORATION OF THE MANSION
When Mr. Ravenhill purchased the Liberace Mansion in August of 2013, it wasn’t in the best of conditions. Walls were cracked, sink holes compromised the foundation, and it was obvious that this piece of history had fallen victim of neglect.
Despite all of the structural issues: cracks, dust and such, pieces that were part of its former grandeur were still intact. The grandiose staircase, mirrored hallway and the name Liberace sketched into a mirrored bar. The frescoes of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of its master suite. All of these were still perfectly intact.
Knowing that restoring the home would be an incredible challenge, Mr. Ravenhill decided to take it up head-on. After first digging up the floor of the master suite wing to repair its foundation, he focused on other areas including walls, roofs, windows, flooring, chandeliers, just about everything you would expect to renovate in a project house.
After hard-work and dedication, the mansion was successfully brought back to its former glory.
Among the mansion’s many unique architectural features include:
- Entry door that once greeted guests at the New York governor’s mansion
- Front living room surrounded by decoratively etched mirrors in the style of Aubrey Beardsley
- 21 chandeliers
- Decorative mirrored bar with etchings of Liberace’s name and music notes
- Eight marble pillars imported from Greece
- Staircase imported from a can-can bar in Paris
- The “Eternal Hall of mirrors” lit by ornamental sconces
- Master bedroom featuring a ceiling mural depicting the Sistine Chapel and painted by a descendant of Michelangelo
- The Moroccan Room, the second-floor atrium named for its Tangier-inspired design and imported copper tiles directly from Morocco.
- Memorabilia, pictures and items once owned by Liberace placed throughout
ABOUT THE OWNER
Martyn Ravenhill has experienced a lot of success as a businessman. He knew of Liberace through numerous television broadcasts that he watched at home in the United Kingdom. He had been fascinated with Liberace’s immense talents and showmanship, inspiring him to take on the piano himself.
It almost seems as if serendipity called on Mr. Ravenhill to stumble upon an internet video depicting Liberace and his decline. After learning of the decline and dilapidation of Liberace’s former home and seeing that it was up for sale, he wanted to see the property for himself.
Mr. Ravenhill arranged a meeting with a realtor to do a walkthrough with him during one of his trips to Las Vegas. The property had been in foreclosure for quite some time at this point, so it was not surprising for the realtor to express his skepticism. After walking through the property, it didn’t take him long to make the decision to purchase the property with the intent of restoring it to its former glory. With all that had been said and done, Martyn Ravenhill would become the new proud owner of The Liberace Mansion in August of 2013.
ABOUT CANDELABRA EVENTS
Candelabra Events, LLC was formed in 2016, by Ivan Serna and a collection of creative individuals, with the vision to produce outstanding, luxury events exclusively for The Liberace Mansion.
This full-service event company works directly with the current owners of the mansion as the exclusive source for arranging private tours and any special events ranging from weddings and corporate events to fundraisers and product launches. Candelabra Events will provide an experience like no other to assure that you not only get to experience what a party in The Liberace Mansion is like, but to also have it personalized in way that meets all of your needs and wants.
Our clients are looking to achieve a truly momentous celebration without impacting their already demanding schedules. Planning a party to perfection requires time, dedication, and expert knowledge – Candelabra Events handles all these tasks.
We lift the burden and stress that comes with planning a spectacular party, allowing you to relax and enjoy sharing your ideas with us, witnessing them come to life and knowing that you are in safe hands.