The Liberace Mansion: Wonderful Las Vegas Event Space
“Too much of a good thing is wonderful!” – Liberace
If you are looking for a kitschy, non-traditional, over-the-top venue look no further than the Liberace Mansion for Las Vegas event space. Can you say ostentatious? Like an episode of Grammar Rock, I shall unpack my adjectives: bombastic. brilliant. colorful. dazzling. flashy. glamorous. ornate. splashy! I shall also add my interjections in song and dance that show excitement or emotion: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah… YEA!
Wladziu Valentino Liberace (1919-1987), known by the single name, Liberace, was a flashy and flamboyant concert pianist and all-around entertainer. His trademarks were his glittery suits and candelabras that were always placed on top of his pianos.
Liberace was bestowed with many awards during his lifetime: Instrumentalist of the Year, Best Dressed Entertainer, Entertainer of the Year, two Emmy Awards, six gold albums, and two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
FAB FACT: During the height of his fame in the 1950-70s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world!
LIBERACE IN VEGAS
Let’s tell it like it is. Liberace paved the way for Elton John and Lady Gaga and established concert residencies in Las Vegas long before it became en vogue. Liberace evoked chic before there was a Chic. To have seen him in concert was a gift, as he put the word “show” into showman.
FAB FACT: HE POPULARIZED THE PHRASE “LAUGH ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK.” In 1954, Liberace wrote a letter to a critic who had written a scathing review of his show. He (sarcastically) thanked the reviewer and said that he and his brother “laughed all the way to the bank” after reading it!
Liberace upped the glamor and glitz when performing here in Las Vegas, and took on the sobriquet “Mr. Showmanship”. As his act swelled with spectacle, he famously stated, “I’m a one-man Disneyland.” The costumes became more exotic (ostrich feathers, mink, capes, and huge rings), entrances and exits more elaborate (chauffeured onstage in a Rolls-Royce or dropped in on a wire like Peter Pan), choreography more complex (involving chorus girls, cars, and animals), and the novelty acts especially talented, with juvenile acts including Australian singer Jamie Redfern and Canadian banjo player Scotty Plummer. Barbra Streisand was the most notable new adult act he introduced, appearing with him early in her career.
Liberace was a consummate showman and an enigmatic performer if ever there was one.
The Liberace Mansion is privately owned and is maintained and operated by owner, Mr. Martyn James Ravenhill. The Liberace Mansion is the first Historic Landmark in Clark County and celebrates the creative, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Liberace.
The mansion at 4982 Shirley Street is tucked away in an otherwise understated neighborhood located between the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and McCarran International Airport. It is owned by United Kingdom businessman Mr. Martyn James Ravenhill, who has made a project out of restoring the place to preserve the opulent icon’s legacy. But don’t just take our word for it, please see Mr. Martyn Ravenhill’s commentary on the property that is his pride and passion:
“The Liberace Mansion was Liberace’s most celebrated property and his favorite home of all. In addition to its flamboyance and grandeur, the mansion served as the business center of Liberace’s operations. Famous celebrities, such as Ginger Rogers and Dolly Parton, attended Liberace’s parties there, mingling with Las Vegas entertainers and local residents. Many Las Vegas residents remember fondly special occasions inside the home. Many of Liberace’s neighbors on Shirley Street recall his greetings to them as he traveled back and forth to his palatial residence.
“Liberace designed the mansion with a dominant theme of mirrors—mosaic-etched mirrors, mirrored halls, mirrored pianos, massive mirrors etched with work patterned by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, British illustrator and author.
“These signature segments are in the style of Japanese woodcuts, emphasizing the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. Beardsley was part of the Aesthetic Movement, which also included Oscar Wilde and James A. McNeill Whistler.
“The Art Nouveau detail in the Liberace Mansion’s formal living room is unique among Las Vegas décor. The living room provided the at-home setting for Liberace’s interview with Ron Reagan, Jr., and the etched glass pieces were included in Robin Leach’s walk through during his Las Vegas home interview with Liberace for ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.’
“The Liberace Mansion was recognized as a luxurious private home with glass, class and sass. It was Liberace’s oasis in the desert. It served as his location for sumptuous parties attended by the glitterati, as well as family, friends, neighbors, and charity functions. As one tours the house, many one-of-a-kind architectural features may be noted, reflecting the personal taste and character of Liberace.”
The Liberace Mansion is exclusively operated by Candelabra Events, under the strict supervision of its current owner, Mr. Martyn Ravenhill. It has been recently remodeled with attention to preserving the original elements of the home.
As nontraditional event space it is as unrivaled as it is multi-faceted. The Liberace Mansion can accommodate intimate PDR events and soirées up to 280 guests with the additions of the Moroccan Room and Crystal Ballroom of which features a permanent stage and a universal design which allows for motor vehicle accessibility and display.
GO BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
As a Las Vegas event planner, it is important to have your fingers on the pulse of what is exciting and new in the event planning world, and to have access to unique non-traditional Las Vegas venue space that will supersede one’s expectations. The Liberace mansion meets the requirements on all accounts. Las Vegas DMC Destination Fabulous’ trademarked service Vegas KnowPower™ expertise continues to deliver on our adage; “We don’t just know Vegas…we live Vegas.” Through our extensive contacts with the hierarchy of Candelabra Events and Managing Director Ivan Serna we can provide a VVVIP experience that will take one not only behind the candelabra, but also behind the red velvet ropes.
FAB FACT: Michael Douglas, who played Liberace, won the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television for Behind the Candelabra (2013)!
Specially provided tours with renowned Liberace expert and curator Mr. Ryan How will take a tour group or event attendees for an unparalleled once-in-a-lifetime exclusive back of the house guided journey into the world of Liberace. Destination Fabulous’ exclusive access to the Liberace Mansion provides an opportunity that one would only expect from a Five-Star-rated destination management company in the Entertainment Capital of the World!
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