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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