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Belding Museum and Belding Community Center (Belrockton Dormitory)

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Belrockton Dormitory
1905; 2005–2006 rehabilitation, SmithGroup. E. Main St. at Hanover St.

Constructed by Belding Brothers and Company, the Belrockton is the only one remaining of three dormitories for young women recruited as laborers from outlying farms. It housed 125 women who lived under the supervision of matrons in a manner similar to the paternalistic practice at Lowell, Massachusetts, and contained sleeping rooms above the first-floor dining and sitting rooms. The name Belrockton is a combination of Belding, Rockville (Connecticut), and Northampton (Massachusetts). The large, L-shaped, three-story brick building with classical detailing was fronted with broad wooden porches on all floors. The City of Belding acquired the former dormitory in 1950 for use as a community center. Today the museum and community center display exhibits explaining the silk industry in Belding.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Belding Museum and Belding Community Center (Belrockton Dormitory)", [Belding, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-IA12.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 267-267.

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