Epic Venues is now the proud owner and operator of this incredibly unique venue known to the Vegas community as Hartland. We are extremely excited to rejuvenate this property in a new way and bring this Jewel back to life in the Heart of the Art District as Mansion 54 with a nod to the famous Studio 54 where all the who’s who in the art and music world came together.
We focus on “Exceeding Expectations” and it starts with the first point of contact and continues through to the end of your event. We strive to be a one-stop shop to provide a seamless experience and will provide everything from furniture and decor to food and beverage. Our team boasts over 30 years in the Vegas event industry allowing us to develop partnerships with the best local vendors to to ensure that your event is nothing short of EPIC.
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.
Its ‘Gone With the Wind’ inspired staircase witnessed the presence of Elvis Presley (he often slept in one of the rooms), and the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. From 70s onwards, the Grand Party Room with its indoor pool was hosting proms, weddings, bar mitzvahs and charity events. The coming decades saw stars such as Ginger Rogers, Michael Jackson and the shooting of movies such as ‘Casino’.
Some other famous celebrities said to have visited the original home from the 1940s to the 1970s include: Sammy Davis Jr, Liberace, Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor, Mae West, Esther Williams, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietriech, Groucho Marx, Rosemary Clooney and Ronald Reagan.