Saturday afternoon, my husband and I took a tour of the Liberace mansion. It wasn’t the mansion that drew us, but Charles Phoenix. He was there to give a talk on mid-century Las Vegas. But we got to spend an hour viewing the mansion before his talk was to begin. We were not disappointed.
The mansion sits in a part of town that has seen better days. It is good-sized at almost 15,000 square feet. The home sat empty and neglected after Liberace’s death in 1987 until 2013 when UK businessman Martin Ravenhill bought it and restored it. (Short, but interesting read with professionally taken photos.)
With the exception of the size the place, the only other hint that anything spectacular lies within is the rooftop atrium. The front door has stained glass on either side.
This impressive stairway sits opposite the front door in the entryway. It leads to the atrium.
The atrium room was the most spectacular in my opinion. Not so much due to its furnishings – although they are lovely – but due to always having the sky above.
The furniture style was consistent throughout the house.
Two of Liberace’s costumes were on display. I would have loved to have seen more.
The home was full of mirrors. Vast walls of mirrors. Some were etched with figures. There is a small bar outside of the dining room, that is completely made of mirrors. I really had a hard time figuring out how to photograph it, and I’m not too proud of my attempt. It is on the upper left.
Speaking of dining rooms…..
And then there is the bathroom! Tub & dual sinks. There is a shower behind the tub. (Somehow I missed seeing the commode.)
And that takes us to Charles Phoenix. He gave his talk in the ballroom. If you ever get a chance to hear him speak I urge you to do so. He is both knowledgeable and entertaining. A rare combination.
I often ask other artisans what they find inspiring. For me, it is those people who have the courage to follow their own drummer, and create. I don’t even have to be particularly fond of what they created, but I am completely moved by the fact that they did it. Liberace’s Mansion is a good example. I would not want to live in his house, but I love the fact that he created something he loved.
I will be partying at these blog hops all week.