On Jan. 8, the 66th anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley, a south suburban builder began construction of a home in Palos Heights that will be a replica of Graceland, the Memphis landmark that the King purchased in 1957 and where he died in 1977. It won't be an exact copy, however. Where the original contains 2,800 square feet of space, the new home will contain 6,300. Even so, the facade and landscaping have been designed to copy Graceland -- on a larger scale, of course. The house will cost about $1 million.
They got cooperation from Graceland, they gave floor plans and elevation drawings. These were modified to today's standards. The house will have a theater in the basement and the area will be decorated with Elvis-related items. The owners are "not eccentric Elvis fans, so they're not going to do the inside of the house with a Jungle Room" as Elvis had in his own home.