The land on which Graceland now stands was originally owned by SE Toof, a publisher from Memphis. The property was named after Toof’s daughter, Grace.
The Colonial-style Graceland Palace was built in 1939 by Dr. Thomas Moore and his wife Ruth, one of SE Toof’s grandchildren. The couple’s daughter was a talented musician, so they designed the front of the house to open up a performance space for her.
Elvis bought Graceland in 1957. He carried out extensive renovations on the mansion Elvis lived in Graceland until his death at the age of 42 from a heart attack.
Graceland is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. It has also been designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Government.
After Elvis’ death, Graceland became a major tourist attraction. More than 600,000 people visit Graceland every year. Graceland is a Memphis area mansion that became home to singer Elvis Presley and became a worldwide tourist attraction. Before Elvis bought Graceland, it was owned by a prominent Tennessee family.