Elvis Presley’s Graceland home is one of the most famous private residences in the United States. The king of rock and roll made his home in Memphis, TN for 20 years. At 3764 Elvis Presley Blvd, Presley added and removed decor that changed with his tastes. However, one of the most popular rooms in the mansion has a secret window used specifically for entertaining Presley and his friends. This area is still in the house today.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland opened to the public in 1982
When Pricilla Presley and her management consultants first came up with the idea of opening Graceland to the public in 1981, management of the property faced a serious cash flow problem, the house’s official website reported. While Graceland wasn’t broke, it did have a liquidity problem. At the time, Graceland was costing over half a million dollars annually in maintenance and taxes.
In 1982, Graceland opened for tours. Around 3,000 fans paid a $5 entry fee for the chance to be the first to experience the place the King of Rock and Roll called home.
Originally, Presley’s cars and motorcycles were lined up in the carport. The trophy building consisted of his gold record collection, awards, costumes, a weapons collection, and several other memorabilia. The Mansion tour included the living room, music room, dining room, TV room, billiard room and trophy building.
Graceland’s most famous room has a secret window
In a video titled “Gates of Graceland,” Tom Brown and Graceland’s director of archives, Angie Marchese, toured several rooms of the property. This area included the jungle room, the TV room, and the billiard room.
However, one room, one of the most popular in the house, has a secret window. Brown told cameras he once spoke to Presley’s longtime friend, Jerry Schilling, who revealed details about the room.
“There’s this little hidden window in the bar [of the TV room]. I remember Jerry Schilling telling me about it,” Brown said at 6:56 in the video. “It looks like a painting, but it slides up or down, and that’s where the projector was.”
The TV room at Graceland has three wall mounted televisions. Presley added this feature after learning that President Lyndon B. Johnson liked to watch the news on three different channels at the same time. A cinema screen hangs above the televisions.
Another room, once used for one of Elvis Presley’s favorite pastimes, is attached to a museum of his achievements
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According to the Graceland Official Blog, the entertainer became interested in racquetball in the 1970s. In the summer of 1975, Elvis decided to bring his hobby closer to home by building a racquetball court at Graceland. Construction of the building began in September 1975.
In fact, on the last night of his life, Presley played racquetball with fiancé Ginger Alden, cousin Billy Smith, and Billy’s wife Jo. After playing a few games, the quartet settled down near the piano, where Presley performed his final two songs, “Unchained Melody” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”
The front half of the racquetball building features a pinball machine, practice machines, and the aforementioned piano. The second half of the building was the courtyard, which houses a trophy hall filled with Presley’s posthumous awards and family artifacts.
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