Whitman-Belden House

Also known as: Belden House
108 N. State St., Rochester, Wisconsin

A dignified Greek Revival structure in the heart of Rochester


Overview Looking Northwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2016




The Whitman-Belden House is significant for its architectural integrity and for its association with historically prominent residents of the Village of Rochester and Racine county. The house is an excellent example of the Greek Revival and a refined specimen of frontier architecture. Rochester, an old village settled primarily by Yankees, shows a high concentration of Greek Revival structures. Among these, the Whitman-Belden House is exceptional for its purity of detail, proportion and balance.

The house was built from 1847 to 1849 by Abial Whitman, a clothing merchant from Vermont who settled at Rochester in 1847. Although Whitman himself met with an untimely death, his widow, Aurilla, owned the house and lived there with her second husband, Squire Ezra Brown, and two step-daughters for many years.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 17, 1980
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Law; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1847; 1849
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2


19th Century (37,705)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1847 (225)
Built during 1840s (2,989)
Exotic Revival (7,381)
House (27,585)
Mid 19th Century Revival (7,958)
Private owner (54,398)
Racine County, Wisconsin (61)
Rochester, Wisconsin (1)
Stone (26,160)
Wisconsin (2,612)

Update Log 

  • June 17, 2016: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • June 11, 2016: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos