Prince House Minnesota: Details From Our Exclusive Paisley Park Tour

Prince House Minnesota: Paisley Park Photos

April 2018 marks two years since the world lost Prince. The Oscar and Grammy winner certainly left his mark on this planet, but he also left an indelible mark on his home state of Minnesota. His private residence and studios, Paisley Park, still sits in the suburbs of Minneapolis. We were wondering, what happened to it once Prince passed away?

Prince House Minnesota: Inside his custom abode

Where does Prince live in Minnesota?

Prince house is in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which is about 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis. He constructed this massive compound in 1987 and called it Paisley Park after his song of the same name.

Architect Bret Theony designed the 65,000 square-foot Paisley Park, and it cost $10 million to build.

prince house Minnesota

After you walk into the front of the home into the lobby, you will first notice the symbol Prince used when he changed his name from Prince to the symbol. You will also see grand second-floor balconies and clouds painted on the walls. The ceiling is made up of pyramid-shaped skylights.

The first floor has production complex including recording studios, a sound stage, and a rehearsal hall. The recording studios included no windows so that Prince could utilize the space without having to know what time of day it was; therefore, he could work at any time.

Prince house Minnesota: Inside Paisley Park
Photo: ETONLINE

The second floor includes private quarters, executive offices, and a vault. This is where Prince kept his unreleased, rare music, master recordings, and video recordings.

The home also includes a music room donned with purple lighting and a nightclub that could hold 100 people. Can you even imagine the dance parties?

Aleks and Tucker, our Velvet Ropes founders, we’re part of the very first tour of Paisley Park in October 2016. Below is photographic proof 😉

prince paisley park first tour
Aleks, wearing a super cool Velvet Ropes shirt, caught exiting the bus for the first tour of Paisley Park!
Photo: Jay Boller

Check out the in-depth coverage of our first-ever tour of Paisley Park!

Does Prince still own Paisley Park?

His estate does, yes. After his death, Paisley Park was turned into a museum to honor Prince’s legacy. He planned it all along. Think Elvis’ Graceland. Now legions of Prince fans can have unprecedented access to his once private estate and musical sanctuary.

Fans can take tours of the complex and view his personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, and unique artwork. And based on the experience they choose, it varies.

A 70-minute general tour takes guests into the first floor, which includes the recording studios, concert hall, and nightclub. The most emotional part of the tour is by far the urn which houses Prince’s remains that sits in the first-floor atrium.

Prince house Minnesota: Inside Paisley Park
Photo: Paisley Park / NPG Records

prince urn

A VIP tour takes guests through additional rooms and includes a photo opportunity. The “Ultimate Experience” tour is basically the VIP tour with exclusive access to new spaces and exhibits. And if you are looking for a party, “Paisley Park After Dark” offers a DJ Dance Party in the NPG Music Club.

Prince house Minnesota: Inside Paisley Park
Photo: Paisley Park / NPG Records

Aleks and Tucker were fortunate enough to take the VIP tour. It’s definitely worth the extra bucks as you get access to Prince’s studios, a photo with his piano, even the chance to play on his ping pong table!

Where is Paisley Park?

Paisley Park Studios is where Prince lived until his death. It’s located in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen.

Did Prince have any children?

Prince had one son, Amiir Nelson, born on October 16, 1996, with his then-wife Mayte Garcia. However, he passed one week later due to Pfeiffer Syndrome, a genetic disorder that includes the fusing of skull bones which affects the shape of the baby’s head and face. Prince was forever affected by this and rarely, some say never, spoke about it.

Was Prince ever married?

While Prince had many famous love interests in life, including Kim Basinger, Madonna, Vanity, Sheila E., and Carmen Electra, he only married twice.

He met Mayte Garcia in 1990 when she was 16 years old. He became her guardian after she moved into Paisley Park. The couple married on Valentine’s Day 1996. Their only son was born the following October but sadly passed away one week after birth. The couple divorced in 2000.

Was Prince ever married?
Prince and Mayte in 2000

Prince married Manuela Testolini in 2001 but divorced in 2006. He never married again.

Was Prince ever married?
Prince and second wife Manuela Testolini

What is Prince’s real name?

Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958. But he was simply known as Prince throughout his career. He did change his name to an unpronounceable symbol after a dispute with his record label. When spoken, the public referred to him as the artist formerly known as Prince. What happened to the artist formerly known as Prince? He ditched the symbol as his name in 2000 and returned to his given name.

Who are prince’s parents?

Prince was born to Mattie Della, a jazz singer, and John Lewis Nelson, a pianist, and songwriter. They named their son after John’s stage name, Prince. He also had a band called the Prince Rogers Trio. Prince had a younger sister named Tyka, who was born in 1960.

Prince’s parents divorced when he was ten years old, and his mother remarried Hayward Baker, with whom he had a strained relationship. They had a son named Omarr.

Prince lived with his parents in the Minneapolis area throughout his entire childhood.

Who are prince's parents?
Prince’s parents in 1953

What happened to the singer Prince?

Prince adamantly refused to drink alcohol or use recreational drugs throughout his entire career. However, an autopsy revealed that Prince died from an accidental drug overdose of fentanyl. Some say the drug is 50 times more powerful than heroin.

It then came out that the icon was addicted to prescription pills. Authorities searched Paisley Park to find massive amounts of prescription pill bottles prescribed to varying people.

A tragedy for sure. Many close to him say they knew he has incredible pain from years of performing but had no idea he had such a severe dependence on the deadly drugs.

When did the singer Prince die? Prince passed away April 21, 2016, at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, MN.

What happened to the singer Prince?
Paisley Park the day Prince died

How tall was Prince?

Though the singer seemed larger than life, Prince was actually rather small in stature. He was only 5 feet 2 inches. It just goes to show, size doesn’t really matter!

What was Prince’s ethnicity?

Prince was born and raised in America; therefore, he is American. However, his descendants are African American. All four of his grandparents can be traced back to Louisiana. Genealogist Megan Smolenyak says six out of eight of his great-grandparents were born into slavery, while one of them could be the daughter of her owner.

How many Grammys does Prince have?

Throughout his extensive career, Prince earned 38 Grammy nominations. Among those, he won eight.

1984 – 27th Annual Grammy Awards

  • Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group: Purple Rain – Music from the Motion Picture
  • Best Rhythm & Blues Song: “I feel for You”
  • Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture: Purple Rain

1985 – 28th Annual Grammy Awards

  • President’s Merit Award

1986 – 29th Annual Grammy Awards

  • Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: “Kiss”

2004 – 47th Annual Grammy Awards

  • Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “Call My Name”
  • Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: “Musicology”

2007 – 50th Annual Grammy Awards

  • Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: “Future Baby Mama”

How many albums does Prince have?

Prince released 80 albums throughout his life, 39 of those studio albums:

  • For You (1978)
  • Prince (1979)
  • Dirty Mind (1980)
  • Controversy (1981)
  • 1999 (1982)
  • Purple Rain (1984)
  • Around the World in a Day (1985)
  • Parade (1986)
  • Sign o’ the Times (1987)
  • Lovesexy (1988)
  • Batman (1989)
  • Graffiti Bridge (1990)
  • Diamonds and Pearls (1991)
  • Love Symbol Album (1992)
  • Come (1994)
  • The Black Album (1994)
  • The Gold Experience (1995)
  • Chaos and Disorder (1996)
  • Emancipation (1996)
  • Crystal Ball/The Truth (1998)
  • The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale (1999)
  • Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic (1999)
  • The Rainbow Children (2001)
  • One Nite Alone… (2002)
  • Xpectation (2003)
  • N.E.W.S (2003)
  • Musicology (2004)
  • The Chocolate Invasion (2004)
  • The Slaughterhouse (2004)
  • 3121 (2006)
  • Planet Earth (2007)
  • Lotusflow3r/MPLSound (2009)
  • 20Ten (2010)
  • Plectrumelectrum (2014)
  • Art Official Age (2014)
  • HITnRUN Phase One and Two (2015)

How old was Prince in Purple Rain?

Prince was 26 when he made the rock musical movie Purple Rain. The film was developed to showcase his talents and was semi-autobiographical of his own life. While it was only budgeted at just over $7 million to make, it grossed over $70 million.

How old was Prince in Purple Rain?

Prince released the soundtrack album, Purple Rain, the same year the film was released. He wrote all of the songs on the album and every song was performed by him and his band The Revolution.

Several singles from the album were huge hits for Prince. “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” both reached number one in the U.S. “Purple Rain” reached number two and “I Would Die 4 U” reached number eight. The album itself also was number one on Billboard’s 200 charts.

How many songs has prince written?

Prince wrote hundreds of songs over his career, over 1,300, in fact. But there were many songs written by Prince for other artists that you may be surprised to know. What songs did Prince write?

The 1980s were very good to the purple one. He wrote “Manic Monday” for the Bangles in 1986, “Stand Back” for Stevie Nicks in 1983, and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan in 1984. He also wrote a little song called “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor in 1990.

 

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