Prince’s Paisley Park: Is Paisley Park Considered A National Historic Landmark?

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Prince’s Paisley Park compound is absolutely breathtaking. There’s no question about it. However, now that Prince is gone, is Paisley Park also considered a Minnesota-based National Historic Landmark? The answer is no. Not yet, at least.

According to Huffington Post, the compound isn’t old enough to be added to the National Register of Historic Places on architectural or historical merit alone. Typically, to qualify for the register, a contender must be at least 50-years-old. Paisley Park, which was constructed in 1985, is 19 years short of hitting the mark.

Even if and when it’s added to the National Register, Prince’s Paisley Park compound still won’t be a National Historic Landmark. Additional steps must be taken for that to happen.

Being included on the National Register of Historic Places does have its benefits, though. For example, if the Federal Highway Administration wanted to build a new road through the middle of Chanhassen, a study would be required to see if Paisley Park would suffer any negative effects.

In addition, Paisley Park would be eligible for numerous grants and historic rehabilitation-related tax credits.

If Paisley Park does make its way onto the register or be declared a National Historic Landmark, which is even better, there won’t be any legal requirements for its use. The compound can still be used for any permissible purpose, even a private residence.

The following video is a collection of many photos taken inside Paisley Park. If you take a couple of minutes to watch it, you’ll get a glimpse of Prince’s sense of style and the things he loved the most.

Architect’s Newspaper and Bret Thoeny, the architect who designed Paisley Park, indicate that Prince was very involved in the design process of the compound, even though he had no idea how to read blueprints.

From the outside, the main building looks commercial in nature. When Prince was in residence, the huge glass pyramid above the entrance always glowed purple. No other color would do.

Prince’s office is outfitted with stained-glass windows and a total of three beds. The beds made it easier for him work through the night, taking naps when he felt tired.

Paisley Park has a Galaxy Room. It features paintings of planets on the walls and is totally illuminated by ultraviolet light. It is intended to be used for meditation purposes.

Even though Prince was a very private individual, he sometimes opened Paisley Park to visitors for impromptu gatherings. The last one he hosted took place less than a week before he died.

As recently reported by the Inquisitr, Paisley Park got its name because of the fact Prince had a love for everything paisley. The 65,000 square foot building took approximately three years to build at a cost of $10 million.

There aren’t any windows on the first floor of Paisley Park. Prince wanted to create a “timeless environment” in his new space. He wanted somewhere he could work easily whether it was day or night.

Back in 1987, when construction was finished, no one dreamed that Paisley Park might someday be considered a national landmark.

Located on Audubon Road, just outside of Minneapolis, the place Prince called home is as unique as he was. At this point, no one knows whether or not it will eventually be proclaimed a national landmark. Do you think Paisley Park will eventually get on the list? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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