Statement of Significance (as of designation - March 27, 2006):
Elvis Presley is widely regarded as one of the most culturally influential figures of the 20th century. Twenty-seven years after his death, he is still known throughout the world by his first name alone. Elvis Presley is the only artist to be inducted into three music halls of fame: Rock n Roll, Gospel, and Country. Elvis Presleys role as the leader of the cultural revolution that transformed American society and values at mid-century is extremely significant. Graceland, Elvis Presleys beloved home for more than 20 years, has been so directly associated with him since its purchase in 1957 that Elvis and Graceland are synonymous. Such a strong association between a man and his home is unique and unprecedented in the 20th century, and the sites extraordinary integrity from its period of significance reinforces this relationship. Graceland was Presleys primary residence for 20 years of his 22-year career. Presley owned several other properties, but Graceland is the site most associated with his productive life and important achievements. Graceland is one of the most visited historic house museums in the United States, and its visitation statistics put Graceland in the same league as Hearst Castle, Biltmore Estate, Monticello and Mount Vernon. Anniversaries of Presleys birth and death are commemorated at Graceland, where Presley, his parents, and paternal grandmother are buried in the Meditation Garden on the south side of the house.