Graceland Designated National Historic Landmark

Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton and Priscilla Presley will meet Monday (March 27) in Memphis, Tenn., to officially announce the designation of Graceland as a National Historic Landmark. Elvis Presley purchased the house and land for $103,000 in 1957 with earnings from his hit, “Heartbreak Hotel.” It remained his primary residence until his death in 1977. Although Graceland has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991, the designation as a National Historic Landmark upgrades it to a status enjoyed by less than 2,500 historic sites in the U.S., including the White House, Pearl Harbor and the Alamo. The Sun Records studio in Memphis, the site of Presley’s first recording sessions, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.