The Inn Keepers
Pat Berg Yapp
I am the official Innkeeper of the Belvedere Inn. Prior to this, I was a social worker who started at a very early age when people asked for advice and I gave it. My mother sent me off to college to hone my skills so that people would stop getting mad at me for saying what I thought. It didn’t quite work out that way. Think of me as a brasher version of Ann Landers.
Over the years, I ran numerous not-for-profit organizations: mental health clinics, out-patient programs for chronically mentally ill people, domestic violence and child welfare organizations in Chicago, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. I also worked for The United Way and The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago. In November of 2014, I retired to open the Belvedere Inn.
The Belvedere Inn is the fulfillment of a dream interrupted. In 1991, I started a tiny B & B in Rock Island, Illinois. Only 5 months later I married my husband, Bob, who brought with him two children, Xoe & Nate, aged 5 & 7. As a result, that B & B was fully occupied for about a twelve year stretch.
In 2008, Bob and I moved to Hannibal with the express purpose of buying a huge, historic, endangered property that would become the location for his school and the Inn.
I was going to tell you all about my husband Bob, but I just Googled him 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 preservation artisan and social policy expert for 40 years. The Belvedere Inn would not 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 historic preservation trades. While he may be a legend in his own mind, we treat him like any other man. It works most of the time. 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. We belong to the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce, Hannibal Rotary, Historic Hannibal Marketing Committee, Bluff City Theater, Friends of Historic Hannibal, Central Park Neighborhood Association and The Hannibal Arts Council. I am on the Board of Directors of Douglas Community Services and Bed & Breakfast Inns of Missouri.
Bob & I are thrilled to be able to share The Belvedere Inn with you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do and will consider it your home away from home.