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The Belvedere

 
 
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 7, 2008
1. The Belvedere Marker
Inscription. Host to the mighty, famous, and infamous, the Belvedere Hotel has welcomed a steady stream of celebrities since it opened in 1903. Rudolph Valentino, Sarah Berhardt, Al Jolson, and Mark Twain are only a few of the notables who have swept through the hotel doors, where Southern hospitality reigned and imaginative banquets and balls knew no bounds.

The Belvedere was designed by J. Harleston Parker and Douglas H. Thomas, Jr, in the Beaux Arts style favored at the turn of the century, when spacious, bold and handsome hotels sprang up in a number of American cities. Parker and Thomas lavished the same attention on the sides and rear of the building as on the facade. This treatment, with the mansard roof and the building's pleasing location on the crown of a low hill make the Belvedere a majestic landmark visible from many parts of the city. Inside, the John Eager Howard Room is graced with a Charles Wilson Peale portrait of Howard, and wall murals of early Baltimore and its harbor, painted in 1936 by Olive Verna Rogers Napier.

The Belvedere, meaning "beautiful view," takes its name from the John Eager Howard estate pictured above. Once located nearby, the 18th century mansion was demolished in 1876 for an extension of Calvert Street. The Belvedere Hotel was bought in 1976 by Victor Frenkil, who restored it to its former
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 7, 2008
2. The Belvedere
Marker is to the right.
splendor.
 
Erected by the City of Baltimore, One East Chase Street Associates, sponsor, and William Donald Schaefer, Mayor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Baltimore City historical markers marker series.
 
Location. 39° 18.137′ N, 76° 36.934′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on East Chase Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 East Chase Street, Baltimore MD 21202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Acquiring Fame: Mount Vernon Celebrities (within shouting distance of this marker); William H. Welch House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Building High Society: Captains of Commerce (about 700 feet away); Tyson House (about 700 feet away); Henry August Rowland House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Latrobe Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Shoemaker House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greek Orthodox Cathedral (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes a photograph of the marquee of the hotel and a painting of the Belvidere estate.
 
Also see . . .
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 7, 2008
3. The Belvedere
 The Belvedere Condominums. Commercial website from the company that runs the building. (Submitted on March 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable Buildings
 
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By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 11, 2008
4. The Belvedere
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Postcard Collection
5. The Belvedere
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,286 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 7, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   4. submitted on March 11, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.   5. submitted on April 30, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.
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