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.


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

Karen Dudley

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Beautiful place to visit. Each room is decorated in a different theme. It is a glimpse into the past. Highly recommend it to anyone who loves history and/or beautiful places.

Pamela Smith

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Exquisite home, lovingly care for and restored. Very informative tour guides. Wonderful events. This place is a gem that any history or architecture buff must see.

Denise Craigen

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017

This is a place not to be missed. It is a beautiful home that has been restored and is full of antiques from the time. Not original to the mansion. I also hear it is spectacular at Christmas. Maybe next trip to Independence!