Hotel Belvedere Burns

The historic Hotel Belvedere in Apollo, Pennsylvania burned to the ground shortly after midnight on July 24, 2019.

The building, constructed by Joseph Giannini in 1905, featured 28 guest rooms with oak fireplaces and mirrors. The first floor featured a saloon turned ice cream parlor and candy store. It later became the Tin Hut tavern. The guest rooms were later converted into apartments circa 1940.

Lanna Planitzer and her boyfriend, Jon Humphrey, purchased the former Belvedere in 1979 with the goal of restoring the hotel’s grandeur. But the couple split and it was not until 1983 that Planitzer was able to reclaim ownership of the property. By that point, many of the rooms had become uninhabitable because of deterioration and cost-prohibitive upgrades to the kitchen, bar area, and coal furnaces. Inspections conducted in 2016 and 2017 determined that the hotel had deteriorated to the point that it was unsafe to occupy as it had extensive water damage that led to broken and rotted floor joists.

Additional photos from Derek Dibrell:

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So sorry to hear of this! My Mom lived nearby and we saw it often, but she passed several years ago, so I didn’t hear of this…it was just crying out for a renovation. How sad!

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