Tucked away in the Chanhassen suburb just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a large, conspicuous, structure known as the Paisley Park compound sits on nine acres. The compound was the home and recording studio of the late Prince Rogers Nelson, whodiedearly Thursday morning at the age of 57.
Crowds gathered around Paisley Park inremembranceof the musician, whose death was announced shortly after he was found in an elevator at the compound. News crews and cameras assembled outside of the fence as a serendipitous rainbow formed over the building. On the outside, the building closely resembles a business park or factory. On the inside, it is a veritable wonder house composed of studios, conference rooms, and places to party.
It’s unclear what will happen to Paisley Park now that he’s gone, just as it is unclear what will happen to the rights to hismusic— nearly 30 albums of which he recorded at the complex.
A rainbow over Paisley Park on the day of Prince's death.
Whatever happens, it is certain that the location perfectly described Prince from the moment time he made it his part-time residence in 1987.
According to aTIMEarticle about Paisley Park in 1996, the inside of the building had an illustration of Prince’s eyes with a “godlike sunburst” shooting out between them. The same article describes his office’s stained-glass doors and the large glass pyramid on top of the building. The pyramid waslit purplewhenever Prince was inside.
A 1990TIMEarticle put the interior extravagance thusly:
“The sound stage has been used for everything from rock videos to Hormel chili commercials. The recording studios are state-of-the-art, and so too, in its way, is Prince’s private office, which features three beds (king, round, day), one mirror (over the king), sofas, chairs and a desk — all built large-scale.”
His $10 million, 55,000-square-foot home is covered in purple. “Not exactly 50 shades of it, but close,” anEntertainment Weeklystory describes.
The pyramid at Paisley Park.
Paisley Park sounds prime for parties. But the work aspect of the building is arguably more impressive. According toMarshall Long Acoustics, there were four main studios and every single room was wired to pick up sound so that Prince could record no matter which room he was in.
Future predictions for the complex appear dim.
“There are certainly people who can afford it,” Dolly Lenz, a luxury real estate broker, toldrealtor.com. “But most people I’ve met from Minneapolis are conservative, Midwestern, low-key people, not the types that want to flash money.”
One alternative, a Minneapolis real estate agent said in the same realtor.com story, is that a developer might bulldoze the place entirely and build houses on the land. Of course whatever happens to his physical estate is superfluous becausehis musicand influence will live on.
“Yeah, everybody’s got a bomb, we could all die any day,” Prince sings in “1999.” “But before I’ll let that happen, I’ll dance my life away.”
Author:Marilyn Cortez Phone: 956-587-1633 Dated: April 22nd 2016 Views: 5,543 About Marilyn: Always ahead of the highly competitive RGV real estate market, Marilyn Cortez is a Spanish speaking ...
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