An impressive, significant complex of four buildings, the Odd Fellows Home sits on 36 acres. Three of the red-brick buildings exhibit the Jacobean-Revival style with rich stone door and window surrounds and gabled dormers. Nationally recognized architect, William Ittner, designed one of these structures, the Administration Building. Constructed for one of Americaâ€™s largest fraternal orders, the Odd Fellows Home educated orphans and gave care for elderly members of the IOOF.
The home is now a winery. Belvoir Winery is the long-held dream of Dr. John L. Bean and his wife, Marsha, to turn the Odd Fellows Historic District in Liberty, Missouri into a unique event location. Their dream of turning the property into a vineyard began over 15 years ago, when the first vines were planted. Through hard work and dedication, their dream has come to fruition, culminating in renovation of the Administration Building, the southernmost and oldest structure on the property. The initial renovation involves the basement and first floor of the Administration building. The basement is being converted into the wine processing facility for the vineyard. The first floor is the event and business hub of the winery. In addition to three dining rooms, the first floor also contains a wine tasting bar, and a library. We stopped in for a cheese, crackers and wine tasting on our anniversary.
Below is a picture of the gazebo located in front of the Administration building. The ornate white marble gazebo is the centerpiece for outdoor weddings.Â The gazebo has intricate hand-carved designs with prominent columns supporting the dome. The roof is crafted of artistic hand-crafted iron with grape vine accents.
The Crystal Ballroom has a large antique crystal chandelier as the focus of the room.