The History of the Hartland Mansion

Hartland Mansion began life as as two separate residences in the historic 6th Street District built in the 1940’s. 6th Street was the place to live for anyone and everyone who was in the Las Vegas casino or hotel business including Howard Hughes, Benny Binion, John Kell Houssels, and Jake Kosloff.

In 1972 Lawrence Arvey bought the homes and began renovating and combining them, using Disneyland’s main street as the inspiration. Mr Arvey, however, was sentenced to life in prison in 1978 before he was finished. He was released on bond pending his appeal, and he fled the country. His whereabouts are unknown to this day, and interestingly, his case is the reason that it is almost unheard of today for someone be granted bail during the appeals process. It was even cited in the OJ Simpson case.

The home was sold to Toni Hart for the bargain price of $190,000, and the Hart family continued the renovation. A fire in 1981 destroyed the house, but the Harts rebuilt it in the same style, only bigger. It took seven years, and the resulting house is a staggering 31,000 square feet.

Toni Hart would get a lot of requests to use the house for parties and charitable events, which eventually became the primary purpose of the house.

The mansion has a lot of history. The house was used as Robert de Niro’s mansion in the movie Casino. Ginger Rogers danced here. Willie Nelson sang here. Engelbert Humperdinck ate here. Jackie Collins launched a book here, and Elvis stayed here in what is now the Elvis Room. Cee Lo Green and the Muppets filmed a music video here.

The house is also a chapel, and a popular spot for weddings, including a number of celebrity weddings. Toni Hart herself would often officiate before she passed away.

The old-school glamour of Las Vegas is alive and well at Hartland Mansion.

Portions of our old website are in the archive.