John Bayless, owner of the Belvidere, was an Entrepeneur and Businessman in Missouri. He decided, along with his wife Mary and their seven children, that the family would move to Indian territory in 1901. He wanted his house in Claremore because at the time, it was a larger city than Tulsa, and had two railroads. Out of all the buildings that Bayless built, only two are left standing, his home in Cassville, MO, and the Belvidere. John Bayless died in 1907, the year Oklahoma became a state. It was also the year in which construction on the Belvidere was finished. The Bayless family lived in the mansion until 1919, and John's Son Guy even had his little boy Guy Jr. born there.
The Mansion has had many uses over the years, from apartments in the 1930s for the Oklahoma Military Academy, to being a museum for the Bayless family currently. No matter what the purpose, it has stood the test of time. Belvidere means "Beautiful to see" and if you have ever visited the mansion, you know it is just that. The 9,000 square foot masterpiece of a home is a rare treat for the eyes with its three stories, and thousands of one-inch custom italian tile covering the floor of the home. It is a special place, and in the history of its beginnings still echo through the past even today.