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Independence - Vaile Mansion

1500 North Liberty Street

A Man and His Mansion

Built by Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile in 1881, it was "the most princely house and the most comfortable home in the entire west," the Kansas City Times reported in 1882. Situated on North Liberty Street, a mile north of the historic Independence Square, the three-story Gothic-like structure today sits in solitary splendor, an architectural anomaly among the surrounding Midwestern homes.

The 31 room mansion includes 9 marble fireplaces, spectacular painted ceilings, flushing toilets, a built-in 6,000 gallon water tank, and a 48,000 gallon wine cellar. This mansion is one of the best examples of Second Empire style architecture in the United States.


The mansion, Second Empire in architectural style Italinate and Gothic details is the victorian showplace of Independence, Missouri.

The kitchen although primative in appearance, was the latest thing in modernity in its day. Complete with speaking tubes, and indoor running hot and cold water, it was every cook's dream.

Eastlake and Gothic in style, the solid black walnut grand staircase welcomes visitors as they enter the through the vestibule doors.

Hand carved, snow white Cararra marble from Italy with onyx accents decorate the mantle in the main parlor. The onyx pillars were said to radiate with the glow from the fire.

The mansion is constructed of hand-pressed red brick, partially trimmed with white limestone and 112 foot tall, narrow windows that seem to soar into the sky.


Mercedes Labrador

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The women and men who volunteer here are so kind and full of information about the Vailes and the history of the mansion! They are much appreciated! Take a step back into time and get a tour! So worth it.

Tim Wright

Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
A beautiful old Victorian mansion perfectly preserved. We went after Thanksgiving and the whole house was decorated for Christmas. The guides knew the history well and did a great job with the tour. The tour took less than an hour and so you can easily work this in with other events in Liberty.

Elizabeth Cutler

Sunday, May 13, 2018
Drove up to see the property on Mother’s Day Sunday at 1:24 in the afternoon and the mansion was closed- very disappointing. Website states that the site should be open and this is not one of the holidays the site would be closed. Met a couple from Arizona who were also disappointed that it was closed on a day it is listed as open - the man mentioned that he had called all three phone numbers on the Vaile Mansion website and no answer on any of them.

Amy Chapman

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
The ladies who gave the tour were very insightful and full of knowledge. The price for the the tour ($6.00) was very inexpensive. It was a beautiful place both inside and out. They have done a great job restoring the inside and have managed to keep it very true to the time period.

johnna barnett

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017
Wonderful impronto tour. It was suppose to be closed due to decorating for Christmas. Lovely man showed us around. One of my fave things I've done since visiting from England. Thank you x

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