Just north of Chicago's central district sits an old four-storey building. The exterior of the?
Just north of Chicago's central district sits an old four-storey building. The exterior of the brick and stone structure, and the high iron fence that surrounds it, have not changed in the fifty years since the building was constructed. But the exterior gives no hint of the radical change that has taken place inside, for this is the "Playboy Mansion."
Remodelled at a cost exceeding 8,000,000 dollars, the mansion is a bachelor's dream. Facilities include a vast electronic entertainment room, a heated indoor swimming pool, nine opulent guest chambers, and dormitory accommodation for 30 girls.
The heart of the mansion is comprised of the private living quarters of its owner, Hugh Hefner. The huge circular bed -- with its motorised controls that enable the bed to rotate and vibrate -- is the seat of the Hefner empire.
From a modest circulation in the early 1950's, Hefner's "magazine for men" has grown to a tremendous worldwide circulation. Proceeds from the magazine have fostered many other enterprises, including the several "Playboy Clubs" throughout the world and, of course, the mansion, with its beautiful complement of "playgirl bunnies."
SYNOPSIS: Hugh Hefner, the modern day playboy of the western world, has created several million-dollar enterprises through the success of his "magazine for men". The his of the empire is his mansion in Chicago.
The interior of the fifty-year-old building has been remodelled at a cost of more the sight-million dollars, and is the epitome of the bachelor's dream.
Central to the "master quarters", Hefner' private living area, is the huge circular bed -- equipped with motorised controls that enable it to rotate and vibrate. Off the bedroom is an electronic entertainment room, equipped with eight television monitors and a videotape recorder. A custom-built clock control can be preset automatically to activate the monitors and recorder at prescribed times This enables the recording of any number of programmes over a twenty-four hour period. A large console controls the fifteen-foot stereo equipment. Music can be fed into any room in the house. Another room contains a roulette table, pinball machines and dozens of other electronic games.
Perhaps the most popular feature of the mansion -- besides the some thirty "playgirl bunnies" living there -- is the heated indoor swimming pool. It is decorated in a South Sea Isle setting, will thatched huts, palm trees and a waterfall Behind the waterfall, and reachable only by swimming, is an underwater grotto. Dressing rooms, adjoining the pool area, are amply stocked with bathing suits for guests.
One level below the pool is a lunge bar, where relaxing guests are afforded an underwater view of the pool through a picture window. All in all, a nice place to visit, but a better place to live.