In those days, workers used push carts to move supplies to and from the train on tracks that ran into the basement.
Laundry and most of the baking was done down there, too.
Most of these photographs were copied from the Town of Belleair and/or Heritage Village Historic Park archives.These are just a few of the photographs I have taken of the Belleview Biltmore Resort over the years.If you have a few pictures you would like to submit to this collection, please contact me.The developer who is currently in the process of demolishing this wonderful icon has promised to save approximately 5% of the original structure to incorporate into a small, 33-room inn on the property.Hopefully, this token of preservation, along with the “Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” novels, will help preserve the glorious story of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, its incredible influence on the surrounding community, and the memories made by hundreds of thousands who shared special moments there.
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The Belleview Biltmore closed on the last day of May in 2009 for a total renovation, but due to the collapse of the real estate market and subsequent financial crisis in the USA, the owners lost their funding, the renovation fell apart, and preservationists began a fight to save this wonderful hotel from demolition.Unfortunately, despite valiant efforts, the battle was lost in the summer of 2015.They can’t provide the smell of old wood or the sound of an antique key rattling in a lock.But until the Belleview Biltmore Resort reopens, they are all we have to remind us how much we stand to lose, in the event we fail in our efforts to protect her, and restore her for the benefit of future generations.If you are in possession of a historic photo that you would like to contribute to this collection, please The exterior of the Belleview Biltmore Resort has changed little for several decades.