Wayne Newton public estate in Las Vegas will be opening to visitors.
Wayne Newton public estate invites all Las Vegas visitors to tour Casa de Shenandoah. The singer said that it took a year to turn the place into a tourist destination. A promotional brochure is expected next month and it he hopes to be ready in February.
Visitors will be able to survey the singer’s collection of European antiques and celebrity mementos. Those include Nat King Cole’s watch, a Johnny Cash guitar and a champagne glass used by Frank Sinatra to toast Wayne.
“It’s going great,” he said Tuesday. A public museum, theater, visitors’ center and other attractions were being added to the property. And revised building plans submitted last month call for expanding the museum space and theater, where the showman will perform occasionally.
Wayne Newton Public Estate Features Lavish Home Venue
Newton received permission last year to turn his lavish home into a tourist venue after a bruising battle in which his neighbors said they didn’t want tour buses invading the largely residential neighborhood. He understands their frustrations but thinks they are overreacting. “The last thing I have ever done is infringe on my neighbors. I’ve heard people say that we are building a monument to myself. Get serious. It’s not that important,” Wayne said.
The 40-acre estate features South African penguins, Arabian horses, Impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and 17th-century antiques collected from European castles. The main house is a 10,000 square foot mansion.
Some of the keepsakes were gifts from the mentors and friends who helped make Wayne famous, including Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Jack Benny. Newton, his wife, and their daughter are expected to move into a smaller house on the property.
The revamped estate is expected to employ more than 400 people as Nevada struggles with unemployment above 13 percent, the highest in the nation. Newton started singing in Las Vegas when he was 16. He’s now 70.