Belvidere: Then and Now
Here we plan to show how the last 100 years have changed. From the people, to the the building, to the purpose of the Belvidere. We also have the privilege of showing what happens to the Bell's Confectionary, the Claremore High School building, and St. Peters Church.
MANY OF THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN AFTER THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAD ALREADY PURCHASED THE BELVIDERE MANISON. THESE PHOTOS REPRESENT THE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF WORK THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE OVER THE NEXT 30 YEARS TO MAKE THE BELVIDERE SAFE, AND A USEABLE SPACE AS A MEMORIAL BUILDING, RESTAURANT, WEDDING VENUE, AND A COMMERCE ESTABLISHMENT.
Gardening project in the front of the Belvidere Mansion. The massive renovation did not just include plumbing and electrical. There was extensive work to nearly every facet of the structure. Plasterwork, brickwork, windows, landscaping, plumbing, HVAC work, flooring, and roof repairs were made to restore the structure.
Front view of the Belvidere Mansion post renovation. The main difference between the original version and the renovated version of the front of the mansion is the second floor balcony. It previously had railing that allowed people to enjoy the weather from the second floor.
The second floor atrium before the banister was set for safety.
View of the atrium from the foyer on the first floor. Lighting and banisters were added for safety and ambiance. When the Belvidere was completed in the early 1900s,
Second floor southwestern side nanny's quarters. You can see here that the windows have not yet been replaced, and the crown molding has yet to be replaced.
Stained glass on the second floor between the main rooms.