Welcome to the Harris Community Center
The Harris Center is a place of enduring memories. It’s been that way for generations. A former schoolhouse, the building was restored in 2006. On most days its smaller rooms host local government or civic meetings, but on weekends and at other special occasions the right touch seamlessly transforms the Evans Room, capacity of 220 people, into a unique and unanticipated destination for intimate weddings and receptions.
The Harris Center is in a quaint location a short walk from picturesque Nolan Creek. There is ample parking, and a kitchen available for rent at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for a clean and affordable location for a wedding, reception, or other event, call or visit the friendly staff at the Harris Center. They will help make sure that the memories are both enduring and affordable!
Frequently Asked Questions
|Is there internet access?||Yes. Free Wi-Fi is available for all guests.|
|Do I have to set up my own room?||No. Harris Center staff will setup the room to your preferred liking.|
|Do I have to clean up?||Yes, cleaning guidelines are provided in the rental packet.|
|Can we bring our own food?||Yes.|
|Are we permitted to bring in an outside caterer?||Yes.|
|Can we serve alcohol?||Alcohol is permitted at the Harris Center provided an off-duty Belton Police Officer is present. Please refer to the security request form in our rental packet for more information.|
|What other events are held at this facility?||The Harris Center has been rented out for family reunions, birthday parties, baby showers, bridal showers, company parties, and legal depositions.|
|How can I check to see if a date is available?||Please give us a call or submit a request for additional information through our website.|
|When can we tour the space?||Tours are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.|
|How do I reserve the space for an event?||To book a date submit the completed Rental Application and Agreement along with a room deposit. Rental fees are due no later than 30 days prior to the event. A 4% processing fee will apply to any credit card transactions. We accept Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover or checks made payable to "City of Belton".|
|Do you have on-site parking?||Yes. There are 128 parking spaces at the facility.|
|What is included in the kitchen rental?||Large refrigerator/freezer, double oven, stove top, microwave, dishwasher and coffee machine. You must provide your own supplies.|
The earliest record of public education for area African American students dates from 1882 when Mrs. Aleck McGee was hired "to teach the colored school." Professor Thomas Breckenridge Harris (1862-1907), a graduate of Fisk University, became the first instructor of the African American High School in 1890.
The name "West Belton School" was chosen in 1900. In 1936, a new building was erected at the site to house African American students of all grade levels. By petition the school was named "T. B. Harris" for its revered former principal. The last class graduated in 1966, and Belton schools were integrated the following year.
Last graduating class of T.B. Harris High School
401 N. Alexander St.
Belton, Texas 76513
P: (254) 933-5860
Facility Tours Available:
Monday - Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
Monday - Sunday, 8 AM to 1 AM