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Hartland Mansion

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Located in downtown Las Vegas and known as one of the last true pieces of Vegas history, Hartland Mansion is the largest private residence ever built in the city at just under 31000 sq. ft.

History of the Hartland Mansion

Built in the 1940s, the residence originally started off as two separate properties in the historic 6th Street District. Arvey Estate purchased the two homes in the 1970s with plans to join the two residences into one large home. However, the owner Lawrence Arvey fled the country before renovation plans were finished, facing a sentence of life in prison for sex crimes.

Grammy award winning gospel singer and former evangelical preacher Toni Hart purchased the property in 1980 for $190,000 but two separate fires in 1980 and 1981 leveled it. Hart and her family decided to rebuild the home using the same exterior design and floor plan as the original but enlarging the design. Hartland Mansion ended up tripling in size, and the restoration project took 7 years to complete.

Hart began renting out the mansion for weddings in the mid 1980s and even officiated many of them before she passed away in 2014.

Features of the Hartland Mansion

The mansion was primarily hand-decorated by Hart’s son Larry, who is now deceased (source). His eclectic style left a very unique impression on visitors.

Hartland Mansion

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Some of the highlights of the Hartland Mansion include:

  • Dual arching staircases inspired by Gone with the Wind
  • 33×57′ living room (where a scene from the movie Casino was filmed)
  • 7,000 sq. ft. reception hall with an indoor swimming pool
  • Dance floor
  • Movie/theater screen
  • 24-karat gold leafed bar
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • 8 bedrooms, including an “Elvis Room” and two suites with mini-balconies overlooking the grand entry
  • 13 bathrooms
  • More than 30 chandeliers
Hartland Mansion

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For more pictures, check out this video slideshow below:

Hartland Mansion” by Hartland Mansion & Wedding Chapel

Filmography

Hartland Mansion has hosted many large-scale parties and events for celebrities, dignitaries, and other high-profile individuals. The historic property is also known for hosting weddings, photo shoots, music videos, television shows, and film productions. According to the hartlandmansionlasvegas.com website,

“Ginger Rogers danced here. Willie Nelson sang here. Engelbert Humperdinck dined here. Elvis Presley slept here. Michael Jackson moonwalked here. Robert De Niro and Sharon Stone made a movie here. Jackie Collins launched a book here. CeeLo Green and the Muppets shot a video here. The Las Vegas Symphony gave a concert in the Grand Party Room for 400 guests.

“Art shows, fashion shows, fundraisers, corporate events, Mitzvahs, concerts, weddings and receptions have all been held at Hartland Mansion, where the glamour of old Las Vegas is still alive and well.”

Some of the projects filmed here include:

  • Casino with Robert de Niro and Sharon Stone
  • “All I Need Is Love” music video by Cee Lo Green, Miss Piggy, and the Muppets
  • Stewie with Pat Morita
  • CBS Sunday Morning with Bill Geist
  • The Rachael Ray Show

Some other famous celebrities said to have visited the original home from the 1940s to the 1970s include: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr, Liberace, Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, Mae West, Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietriech, Groucho Marx, Rosemary Clooney and Ronald Reagan (source).

If you are looking for a unique residence in Las Vegas full of character and classic Vegas history, be sure to check out Hartland Mansion!



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