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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.


Andy Pieri

Monday, July 2, 2018
I stumbled across this place while out on appointments and took my wife and mother in-law there a week ago on a Sunday. The place is super reasonable at $6 per adult and the staff who take the time to tour you are great. What an amazing piece of local history. You're taking back in time when you pull up!

Jim Young

Thursday, July 26, 2018
We love visiting old homes. It was beautiful and the volunteers were very friendly and knowledgeable. The original owner used many features that were new for that time.

Lisa Jimenez

Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018
Liked it a lot. Very interesting and informative tour. Very affordable too. Six dollars per adult.

Jeremiah James

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Creepy cool haunted mansion. Ask about the time period when they performed frontal lobotomy's on insane people. Legend has it sometimes you can see floating brain parts reflected in the 1800's mirrors.

Indie Bot

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Took a brief tour during the Strawberry Festival. This beautiful house is full of history, painted ceilings, authentic decore, and one of a kind fireplaces. The tour guides were knowledgeable and ready to answer questions. Because the house is so old, it has some difficult stairs to navigate.

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