Step back in time and experience the opulence of the early 20th century at The Belvidere Mansion in Claremore. Known as the "Belle of Rogers County," this three-story Victorian mansion was built in 1907 by businessman and financier John Melville Bayless for his wife, Mary Melissa, and their children.
The main floor features an L-shaped foyer with Italian tile, marble wainscoting and pressed tin walls and ceilings. Two round turrets on the front and two square turrets on the back make the Belvidere Mansion recognizable and unique. The open center gallery allows visitors to view all three floors up to the skylight in the roof from the first floor. The top floor ballroom has been completely restored and offers a beautiful panorama of the city of Claremore.
The Pink House is located on the first floor and serves a delicious lunch. In addition, the Rogers County Genealogical Society houses its research library on the mansion's second floor. A gift shop is located on-premises and tours are available. Head to the Belvidere during the winter holiday season for Christmas at the Belvidere, an annual gift show held from the last week of November through December 23. During this event, the entire mansion is decorated for the holidays and offers a large variety of gifts and collectibles. Admission is by donation and special group tours can be arranged before or after business hours.