The Belmont Motor Hotel was built in 1946 for $400,000. Designed by Charles Stevens Dilbeck, the hotel is an interesting example of Art Moderne design with emphasis on horizontal lines, rounded corners, and stucco facades. Art Moderne was considered the counterpoint to the Art Deco trends of vertical lines and more angular, polychromatic elements.
When construction began, nearly 8,000 cubic yards of earth and rock were moved to sculpt the cliff site to allow guests unparalleled views of the Dallas skyline. All the latest building technologies available were incorporated into the design and planning of the hotel. Built of fireproof masonry, it was one of the first hotels to offer year-round air conditioning. Similarly elaborate motor court hotels had been successful in California, and architect Charles Stevens Dilbeck took his inspiration from those examples.
Since the 1950s, the Belmont Hotel had fallen prey to time’s abuses. An impressive restoration was completed in late 2005, bringing the hotel back to its original glory.*
*Photos and text from the Belmont Hotel website