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If you have any old/historic photos of the Biltmore and/or of your family at the hotel, please send them to us and we will post them. We are especially looking for photos of the interior of the hotel before World War II before all the furniture was removed when the Biltmore housed the military.


 

Aerial views of the Belleview Biltmore, 2009 sent to us by John and Bonnie-Sue Brandvik of Belleair, Florida

Biltmore Entrance, Vintage Photo


 

The Belleview Biltmore train coming into the hotel.   Vintage photo.  This train brought tourists from the northern States to Florida and helped establish Pinellas County and Belleair, Florida, where the Biltmore resides.

Another earlier Biltmore train leaving the hotel.  Note that guests were dropped off right at the front door entrance of the hotel!

This is vintage Old Hickory furniture,  from the Biltmore around the 1920's to 1930's.  It was removed before World War II.  For more photos and a detailed history of the furniture and its donor click here:  Photos of Vintage Biltmore Furniture

This is part of the Biltmore lobby where the original entrance was, south side.
 

What a lovely antique sideboard at the Biltmore Hotel.
 
 

I took this photo with no flash and what a lovely warm glow to this beautiful banquet room, the Starlight, at the Biltmore
 
 

The lovely red couch at the Biltmore and the beautiful wood floor.
 
 

Look carefully in this cozy meeting room at the walls; there is wall paper with beautiful crown molding.
 
 

A unique rounded banquet room, the Carriage Porch, at the Biltmore.
 
 

A lovely fireplace located in the Biltmore.
 
 

It pays to look up at the Biltmore Hotel!  Look at this lovely stained glass ceiling in one of the banquet rooms, the Tiffany ballroom, a full 13,000 square foot!
 
 

Start your Biltmore dinner with a bottle of wine and bread.

One of the many hallways in the grand Biltmore.
 
 

I love dining at the Biltmore, delicious food, wonderful ambiance and always great service.
 
 

This lovely painting of a young woman is located in in the dining room of the Biltmore.
I heard her ghost roams the upstairs! ;-)
 
 

Having fun at the Biltmore Lobby Bar on Thanksgiving Day!
 
 

A most lovely staircase at the Biltmore.
 
 

A visit to the Biltmore is never complete until you see their delightful historical museum of the wonderful history dating back to the late 1800's.

Spooks, ghosts and goblins abound at this Biltmore window!


 


 
 

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel's roof color was originally red. See first two postcards below.  Later on it was changed to green.
 


 


 


 

 

 


 


 

Edmund O'Connor, Golf pro at the Belleview Biltmore, photo from the late 1920's, 1930's. Photo courtesy of Virginia Vass, daughter of Mr. O'Connor.

Mr. Caithaness lived in the Biltmore while he was the bookkeeper and golf course starter.  When walking in the entrance the golf course side, his room was down the right side hallway.

 

York socialite Maisie Plant (above) was so enamored by a double strand of pearls that in 1915 she and her husband industrialist Morton F. Plant, son of Belleview Biltmore Hotel founder Henry B. Plant, traded their Fifth Avenue mansion for the necklace to jeweler Cartier. It was a wise barter for Cartier, which established its U.S. flagship store in the Neo-Renaissance townhouse, but not for New York’s grande dame. When cultivated pearls were perfected in the 1940s, the demand for natural pearls plummeted. Her necklace sold at a Parke Bernet auction in 1957 for a mere $150,000.

If only Plant’s heirs had held on to the necklace for a few more decades. A similar natural double-strand sold at Christie’s in Geneva for $3.1 million in 2004, an astonishing world-record price for a string of pearls. Today, fine natural pearls are once again coveted treasures. Legend has it that Maisie Plant lost her $1.2 million Cartier double-strand pearl necklace at the Belleview Biltmore Resort. That happened around the time of World War I, and she's still wandering the halls looking for it, ghost watchers say. The hotel has ghost tours every Saturday night.  For info click:  http://www.BelleviewBiltmore.com

 

The three photos below are of Chester Pysz, Michigan, who was at the Belleview Biltmore in World War II in 1943 when the hotel housed military service people where they trained.  Mr. Pysz served in the United States Air Force and was a radio operator/gunner on a B-26 bomber 320th bomb group - 441 squadron (62 combat missions)  Photos are courtesy of his son Jim Pysz.

 

 

This eagle was photographed by Renee Burell as it flew over the Belleview Biltmore Hotel golf course!


 

 Afternoon tea at the Belleview Biltmore, around 1930.

 

This photo is provided by Ed Jameson, my late husband (of Diane Hein) and our former Vice President of Save the Biltmore Preservationists.
 

SPECIAL BILTMORE HOTEL PHOTO ALBUM 

To see the 30 photos that were given as a photo album to the Town of Belleair in conjunction with the amendment to the preservation ordinance to save the interior click: Special Photo Album  Our Save the Biltmore Preservationists in conjunction with this web site www.savethebiltmore.com requested this amendment as we feel it is very important to save the beautiful Victorian interior of the Biltmore as well as the exterior of the hotel.
 
There are seven photos from 1985.  To view them, click:  1985 Photos of the Belleview Biltmore
 
Scroll down to picture #4 for a large photo of the Belleview Biltmore in its early days: http://www.lib.usf.edu/ldsu/index2.html?f=search-fullrecord&idx=10&idxcount=1&results_display_mode=&collectionid=Any&collectionid_id=D32.8290
 
 

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Clearwater Beach Hotel.............is...

..... now demolished!

"Hiller has worked as a development consultant on several projects, including the Marriott Suites Clearwater Beach on Sand Key and the Sandpearl Resort and Belle Harbor projects on Clearwater Beach."

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/08/04/Northpinellas/Hotel_s_new_suitors_l.shtml

Readers note:  The Sandpearl is the resort that is REPLACING the once beautiful but now demolished Clearwater Beach Hotel.  Rory Hiller is the developer who wanted to purchase the Biltmore and put in ultra modern condo/hotel units which this web site is against!

 


 

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