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Belvedere Mansion

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 December 2018 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Belvedere Mansion was built in the heyday of Galena's opulent era of steamboats and strip mining. J. Russell Jones commissioned the mansion to be built in the dawn of the Civil War era. The mansion consists of 5,000 square feet and 22 rooms; all with lavish decorations that exemplify the splendor of days long gone. The home is designed in an Italianate style and the rooms are filled with antiques and there is a beautiful garden on the grounds.

The Belvedere Mansion was built in 1857 at a cost of $30,000.00. Today, it is one of the finest mansions in Galena, Illinois. Originally intended to be used as a residence for the Ambassador to Belgium, J. Russell Jones, the structure is currently a private residence. There are many interesting things about the mansion and some people even claim the mansion to be haunted.

The home has well-defined blocks of various levels and elevations. belvedere, hence the meaning behind its name. J. Russell Jones lived in the house for approximately four years, after which time the mansion stood empty for a number of years. Throughout the years, several owners have painstakingly restored and decorated the home into what the mansion has become presently.

Among the many things to see in the mansion are Liberace's silver and Bou'lle, President Roosevelt's library suite, the green parlor draperies from the movie set of "Gone with the Wind''. A set of unique Belter chairs have presidential carvings on the back, which were believed to have belonged to confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Photo captured October 15, 2018.

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Thank you so much to the interesting note. This house is very charming and superb also.

11 Dec 2018 5:16am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique bâtisse avec ce rendu brique et ces encadrements blanc et ce drapeau flottant
Belle journée

11 Dec 2018 5:18am

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful image..
Thank you for the write up :)

11 Dec 2018 5:45am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une très jolie bâtisse.
Jolies couleurs sur cette composition.
Bonne journée Steven

11 Dec 2018 6:10am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Magnifique ...et interessante explication !

11 Dec 2018 6:31am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Beautiful building!

11 Dec 2018 7:37am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Just one glance tells us that has some storeys to tell.

11 Dec 2018 7:42am

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

Great composition... Bravo

11 Dec 2018 7:50am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Une bâtisse peu commune

11 Dec 2018 7:50am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

du style !

11 Dec 2018 8:31am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle bâtisse !

11 Dec 2018 9:40am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

This is a great old building. Very impressive.

11 Dec 2018 9:50am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully ornate. Nicely captured

11 Dec 2018 10:38am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful photo of the building,now private !

11 Dec 2018 11:31am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Oh, it's really gorgeous !

11 Dec 2018 11:50am

existenceartistique from Angers, France


11 Dec 2018 11:57am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A true jewel, so well preserved and resplendent in ornate woodwork. I've always loved towers of this sort, too. Awesome presentation, Steven.

11 Dec 2018 2:28pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

SUch a commanding viewpoint. Beautiful strong details and lovely light.

11 Dec 2018 2:52pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful architecture and a fine shot. Excellent composition. And very interesting information. :)

11 Dec 2018 2:56pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A very detailed and interesting explanation! Excellent image that explains it visually... Thanks a lot!

11 Dec 2018 4:05pm

Remus from Portugal

No doubt it is a beautiful house. Very picturesque.
Beautiful composition and very impactful.

11 Dec 2018 5:05pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

wow, it's remarkable and obviously well cared for

beautifully captured

11 Dec 2018 5:21pm

willy from Belgium

une splendide bâtisse...

superbe photographie Dteven


11 Dec 2018 6:03pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Splendid image with such colors for a splendid builiding. And with a lot of history inside it.

11 Dec 2018 6:36pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors & lights!
Lovely architecture.

11 Dec 2018 6:46pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A beautiful house and a great architecture.
Thanks for the explanation.

11 Dec 2018 7:05pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful image of this great mansion. It's being kept in superb shape it seems. That very long ladder is a reminder of just how much work that is.

11 Dec 2018 7:47pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful historic image. Gorgeous mansion.

11 Dec 2018 8:20pm

Marité from France

La photo est superbe. Le contraste briques rouges et bois blanc est réussi. Merci Steven pour les explications à propos de cette construction.
Bonne journée.

11 Dec 2018 8:29pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Architecture superbe. Magnifique prise bien cadrée.

11 Dec 2018 8:47pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A magnificent mansion. I love the architecture and the ornate decorations. It has quite a history. Very interesting information.

12 Dec 2018 2:47am

Martine Girard from France

Un joli bâtiment bien décoré.

12 Dec 2018 3:26am

Elizabeth from United States

Wow what a place, Steven!! Great shot, and thank you for the explanation!

12 Dec 2018 3:44am

Don from Spokane, United States

Impressive design.

12 Dec 2018 4:06am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

what an elaborate and elegant building. nice shot of it.

12 Dec 2018 4:53am

yoshimiparis from France

sumptuous architecture.
It is good to see that old buildings are saved, restored then become museums or something else

12 Dec 2018 7:36am