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Belmont, Alva, 1853-1933

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role Collector
dates 1853-1933
city Loiret
other citiesMobile, AL; Sands Point, NY; Newport, RI; New York, NY; Paris, France; East Meadow, NY;
sex F
historical notes Alva Eskrine Smith Vanderbilt Belmont was an art collector, architecture authority, member of the American Institute of Architecture, and was active in the Women's Suffrage Movement in the U.S.

Belmont collected Italian primitives, portraits by Clouet, 15th and 16th century Flemish Tapestries, and was an avid patron of William Morris Hunt.
She built three Vanderbilt homes: a French Renaissance style chateau at 660 Fifth Avenue in New York City, A Queen Anne style retreat on Long Island “Idle hour”, and Marble House in Newport, RI.

When married to Olivier Belmont she built Beacon Towers at Sands Point, L.I., the neoclassical mansion “Brookholt” in Hempstead, Long Island, a neoclassical three-story New York City townhouse at 477 Madison Avenue, and restored “Belcourt” in Newport, RI.

She owned and restored three residences in France; 9 Rue du General Lambert, Paris; the Villa Isoletta at Eze-sur-Mer; and Château d’Augerville-la-Rivière, in the Department of Loiret (40 miles south of Paris).

Alva founded the Metropolitan Opera Association at the Metropolitan Opera House, she gave $100,000.00 to the Nassau Hospital in Mineola, L.I., and organized the National Woman’s party convention in 1915 where she presented the organization with a home in Washington, DC.

Alva’s first marriage was to William Kissam Vanderbilt (1849 – 1920) from 1875-1895, they had three children; Consuelo Vanderbilt ( 1877-1964), William Kissam Vanderbilt II ( 1878-1944), and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt (1884-1970).

In 1896 she married Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont (1858-1908).

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see also:
Belmont, Oliver H. P. (Oliver Hazard Perry), 1858-1908
Vanderbilt, William K. (William Kissam), 1878-1944