The Inn Keepers
Pat Berg Yapp
I am the official Innkeeper of the Belvedere Inn. I was a social worker all my life – starting at a very early age when people asked me for advice and I gave it. My mother thought I should get schooling for my aptitude since that way, she hoped people would stop being mad at me for telling them what I thought. She was hoping for finesse which did not automatically come with my education, unfortunately . Think of me as a brasher version of Ann Landers.
I have run mental health clinics, out-patient programs for chronically mentally ill people, domestic violence organizations, and child welfare services in Chicago, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri; worked for The United Way and The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. I officially retired in November of 2014 to finalize the details on opening up the Belvedere Inn.
The opening of The Belvedere is the fulfillment of a dream interrupted. In 1991, I started a tiny B & B in Rock Island, Illinois only 5 months later to marry my husband who brought with him two children, Xoe & Nate, aged 5 & 7, respectively. Between them and my two dogs, the B & B became fully occupied for about a twelve year period.
In 2008, Bob and I moved to Hannibal with the express purpose of buying a huge, historic property in need of restoration that would become the location for his school and now my Inn.
I was going to tell you all about my husband Bob but I just Googled him for the first time and there are over 100,000 results. OMG! I’m not sure what to say—–maybe you should just Google him too. Truth is, Bob has been a dedicated hands-on preservation artisan and social policy expert for 40 years. The Belvedere Inn wouldn’t exist without his massive knowledge and hands-on preservation mastery.
Since 2008, Bob has operated The Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation which is dedicated to teaching students from all over North America how to become artisans in the historic preservation trades. While he may be a legend in his own mind, we try to treat him like any other normal man in the house. It works most of the time, but he does not wash windows nor does he cook. If you see him in the kitchen doing anything other than making coffee, just be afraid, very afraid!
We are both involved in the Community…part of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce, Hannibal Rotary, The Historic Hannibal Marketing Committee, Bluff City Theater, Friends of Historic Hannibal and the Central Park Neighborhood Association as well as members of The Hannibal Arts Council.
We are thrilled to be able to share The Belvedere with you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and will consider it your home away from home.