The Lady Leaves A Legacy : The Belleview Biltmore and Her Place in Pinellas

Deirdre L. Schuster

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Liberal Arts, Department of Florida Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Abstract

The Belleview Biltmore Hotel has been a regional icon in Pinellas County, Florida for over one hundred years. Due to its the annual winter residents, the Cleartwater area flourished and prospered ¬. Spring closings led to subdivisions, known historically as colonies, to spring up; becoming known for their prosperity and glamour. As Pinellas County changed economically, the hotel changed, as well, still maintaining its presence, giving the region distinctive air of grandeur of the west coast Florida. Known as the White Queen of the Gulf, the Belleview spawned the Springtime City of Belleair. In a land where reptiles and "critters" roamed, a hotel of such magnificence was an anomaly. Regionally distinctive and world renowned, the Belleview Biltmore has closed for a restoration that has been delayed. The grand lady has left her legacy in the region even though springtime has come for the Queen.