Plans are being made to turn Prince Rogers Nelson’s Paisley Park complex into a lasting memorial. CBS, April 25, 2016, reported that even before Prince died, he was planning to turn Paisley Park into a museum so everyone could be a part of his legacy.
Sheila E. told Entertainment Tonight, “We’re hoping to make Paisley what (he wanted) it to be. (He) was working on it being a museum. He’s been gathering memorabilia and stuff from all the tours, like my drums and his motorcycle. There’s a hallway of his awards and things, which he really didn’t care about too much, but he displayed it for the fans because he knows that they would want to see it.”
She added, “There’s pictures of him all down the halls, some you’ve seen before and some never (seen) There’s a mural on the wall with his hands out and on one side is all the people he was influenced by and the other side is all of us who have played with him … It’s beautiful.”
Los Angeles architect Bret Thoeny designed Paisley Park, and it took three years before it was finally completed in 1987 at a cost of around $10 million. It has approximately 65,000 square feet and it sits on 9-acres of land.
Paisley Park is where Prince recorded over 30 of his albums and it is where he often stayed when he was not on tour, or if he wanted a place to crash for the night after working long hours on his music. The bottom floor of the Paisley Park complex had no windows because Prince wanted a place where time did not exist. This is where the sound stage, recording studios, practice areas are. Everything is state-of-the-art to produce the best music around and they were “used for everything from rock videos to Hormel chili commercials.”
When Prince first opened Paisley Park, he struggled to make a profit. In fact, it operated at a loss for the first two years, then things turned around dramatically and he began making money.
Prince’s executive offices and living accommodations were located on the second story. His offices, according to Time, were amazing with beautiful stained glass doors and all the furnishings inside were built large-scale. He had a king-sized bed, a round bed, and a daybed and sofas, chairs, and a desk. One large mirror hung on the wall over the king-sized bed.
One of the cool features he had built was a large glass pyramid on the roof of the entryway. When he was home, it would glow in his signature purple color. When Prince first opened Paisley Park, it operated at a loss for two years, but after that, it took off and started running at a profit.
Time wrote, “The proprietor’s favorite black-and-white ’67 T-bird can often be seen in the parking lot. But he likes to keep out of the way, partly from personal inclination and partly from business savvy. He doesn’t want anybody, according to one aide, ”to feel like they’ve walked into Graceland” when dropping by Paisley Park. He keeps his various awards, including those for his four gold and eight platinum albums, locked in a basement room. But next to it, almost like tablets in a tabernacle, are tapes of an estimated 100 unreleased songs, plus two complete albums — enough to keep Prince in royalties for years, even if he never writes another note…”
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