The Belleview-Biltmore Hotel is in Clearwater, on the west coast in the central part of the state. If you want to see it, you’d better hurry. Sadly, last week the current owners got a permit to demolish the hotel. They plan to build condos and townhomes in its place. Yeah, like we need more of them, especially in the Tampa Bay Area.
The hotel was built in 1897 by Henry B. Plant. It is made of Florida pine wood and covers over 20 acres. The place just goes on and on. I first went there and photographed it in 2007. When I returned last year, it had restricted access and I couldn’t get in to see it. That was because it was closed in 2009. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but is a perfect example that such listing does not protect a property. It is also included in “A Guide to Florida’s Historic Architecture”. See more photos here.