|Belvedere, Autumn 2013|
Their gaze darts from the intricately carved flower pots to the tera cotta tiled roof, and then back to the rod iron door. Above it, a freshly-restored placard reads 'BELVEDERE.'
According to the State Historical Society of Missouri, the apartment building was constructed in 1927 by Nelle E. Peters. Peters was one of the pioneering women in architecture during this time, having designed more than 1000 structures for both firms and private owners.
This August, I was awarded the privilege of living in one of the 24 rooms at the Belvedere. Each of the three floors contain eight apartments, and I nestled my way into southeast corner on the top level. With seven windows, hardwood floors and midcentury fixtures, my home is filled with pre-Atomic Age appeal.
|Walking in the front door, you'll notice the Spanish Eclectic moldings and brass mailboxes. Check out the ironwork on the hand railings.|
|Along the eastern windowsill you'll find Zebulon the Michigan Cactus (labeled), the middle one (unnamed) and Zachariah (left). I like to think of them as a little art collective from the desert, but I suppose that's a story for another day...|
|My bedroom wall features a screen print of Wild Willy's AA/FA, as well as a relic from the now defunct Wixom Assembly plant. If it's on this wall, it has some significance. Hey, check out that drawing of my CL350 one from the left. Pretty neat stuff.|
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