The Liberace Mansion in and of itself is a piece of Las Vegas entertainment history. It is where Wladziu Valentino Liberace lived part-time while in Las Vegas and performing on the Strip from the mid-70s until his death in 1987. Like the image portrayed on stage, Liberace created the mansion with flair and opulence starting in 1974 by purchasing neighboring homes and combining them into a 14,393-square-foot residence. In its heyday, it’s where Liberace lived. It’s where he entertained the biggest celebrities. It was The Place to be on Shirley Street.
After his death, the mansion was sold and changed ownership a few times, losing its grandeur along the way. By 2013, it ended up in foreclosure, dilapidated and in disrepair, with cracked walls and sinkholes causing an unstable foundation. This is when Martyn Ravenhill – a businessman and huge Liberace fan – purchased it with a plan to restore it to its former grandeur. A few years and million dollars later, The Liberace Mansion re-evolved into the luxurious estate that Liberace created.
In 2016, The Liberace Mansion became the first residence receiving Clark County Historical Designation with unanimous vote of the Clark County Commissioners. Private tours and private events soon evolved.
In its effort to continue its restoration, the Friends of The Liberace Mansion was born with the goals of:
- Completing its restoration and lengthy to-do-list of repairs;
- Raising public awareness of The Liberace Mansion and Liberace’s significance to Las Vegas entertainment history; and
- Creating a place where music and Las Vegas history fans can gather and appreciate Liberace memorabilia donated to the Friends of The Liberace Mansion.