AP Newsbreak: Wayne Newton to open home to public

By CRISTINA SILVA | October 21, 2011 | 5:36 PM EDT

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Wayne Newton shows some of the memorabilia in the Red Room during an interview at his home in Las Vegas. Newton said Tuesday Oct. 18, 2011 plans to open his sprawling Casa de Shenandoah estate in Las Vegas for public tours are almost complete. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton says he hopes to open his Sin City home for public tours by February.

Newton told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a yearlong effort to transform his sprawling Casa de Shenandoah estate into a tourist destination is almost complete.

The attraction was initially slated to open in December, but Newton says the project was delayed because construction permits were not approved as quickly as expected.

Revised building plans submitted last month call for expanding the attraction's museum space and a theater where Newton will perform at least occasionally.

Newton received permission last year to turn his lavish home into a tourist venue.

Visitors will be able to survey his European antiques and celebrity mementos, including Nat King Cole's watch and a Johnny Cash guitar.