This post originally appeared on my “other” blog, Pages from the Past here at Word Press.
Located in Galena, Illinois the Jones Mansion (Belvedere Mansion) has not only had an interesting history, it is a marvel to behold.
“We have visited and thoroughly examined the house, on the East side of the river, just erected by J. R. Jones, Esq. of this city–and it is such a perfect model of a House, that we propose to devote a little space to its description.”
“…We think it is the finest and best built house in the North-West, and all who have visited the house confirm us in this opinion.”
“…The drawing and specifications were executed by Messrs, Nicholson & Wadskier, Architects, 110 Dearborn Street, Chicago, and give evidence of their skill in the Art. The brick work was done by Thos. Scott of this city. The plastering was done by Mr. Duncan. The carpenter work, pronounced the best job ever done in Galena, is by A. Dodds, of this city; Ornamental and Stucco work by Hiram Wilson, of this city–this work is as good as we ever saw; Stone Work by Rousch & Dietz; the Painting and Glazing by S. W. Swift, of this city, done in his good style, and is hard to excel by any one.”
“The entire house is heated by Gold’s Patented Steam Heating Apparatus, which is pronounced the most economical plan yet invented.”
from the Galena Gazette, December 25, 1857
Today it is open for tours both inside and through the gardens, and while one might think the admission price (of around $12.00 per person) is a tad high, it is well worth the cost. For more information, follow the link above.
- A Sumptuous Mansion (pagesfromthepast.wordpress.com)