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Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Center of Culture and Commerce

 
 
A Center of Culture and Commerce marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 3, 2007
1. A Center of Culture and Commerce marker
Inscription. In July of 1889, John A. Belt, a leading merchant in Gaithersburg, purchased the southwest corner of Diamond and Summit Avenues for $200. On this site, Belt built a general store with a large upstairs public room, known as Norman Hall. The building soon became a pivotal structure in Gaithersburg's social, cultural and governmental activities. Norman Hall began its first functions as Post Office, Town Hall, and Polling Place. It was not long before it became the social and cultural center of Gaithersburg as well as housing the town's first library. The Belt Building's Norman Hall became the preferred location of theater, lectures, recitals, musical presentations, and high school graduations. At the turn of the century, the original building was tragically destroyed by fire. It was soon replaced with the present brick structure, constructed in 1903. The Belt Building has been home to many businesses, including W. Lawson King's Auto Showroom, George Woodfield's Maytag Service, Walker's Grocery, Frank Ciarrachi's Restaurant, Clark's Photography, MacMurray's Floral Arts, Armand's Pizzeria, and most recently, Old Town Tavern and Summit Station.

(Photo caption): The Belt Building
 
Erected by City of Gaithersburg.
 
Location. 39° 
The Belt Building image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, November 3, 2007
2. The Belt Building
8.502′ N, 77° 11.564′ W. Marker is in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Summit Avenue near Diamond Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gaithersburg MD 20877, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Early Years (here, next to this marker); Building The Future (here, next to this marker); The Schwartz House / Gaithersburg City Hall / Schwartz Peony Garden (here, next to this marker); The Business of Agriculture: (here, next to this marker); Supplying an Agricultural Community (here, next to this marker); The Gaithersburg School (here, next to this marker); Gaithersburg Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department (here, next to this marker); The Summit Hotel (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaithersburg.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Belt Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 27, 2017
3. The Belt Building
Close-up of photo on marker
Growlers, Celebrating Olde Towne image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2016
4. Growlers, Celebrating Olde Towne
Today, the 1903 John A. Belt Building houses Growlers, Microbrewery, Saloon and Restaurant.
The J. A. Belt Building image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2016
5. The J. A. Belt Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 894 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 3, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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