Elvis Presley House

Status: Preserved

Address: 1034 Audubon Drive, Memphis

Built: ca. 1954

Architectural Style: Ranch

Original Function/Purpose: Residential

The Elvis Presley House was placed on the National Register on Mar. 9, 2006.

History: The Elvis Presley House was still new when the entertainer purchased it for his family in 1956 only weeks after he had recorded “Heartbreak Hotel.” He was able to enjoy it for 13 months before privacy and security issues led him to the more secluded (and gated) estate of Graceland. The house retains numerous changes made by Presley. Among other works, he planted trees and enclosed the carport; he added a large den onto the east side of the house and probably remodeled the kitchen; and he installed a fence and gate, a swimming pool and a garage for his motorcycles. Later owners have preserved the 1950s feel of the home and it is now part of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College. While undergoing renovations, the home was damaged by an electrical fire in April 2017.

 

City Council District: 5

Super District: 9

County Commission District: 13

DON NEWMAN