Built in 1889 by John McCormick as a 24 room hotel, the Tremont is one of the last remaining 19th century hotel buildings in the Collingwood Heritage Conservation District.
The building survived a major fire in the 1920’s leaving burn marks still visible on the pine flooring. After a yearlong restoration, the Tremont is now home to the Bay School of Art, the Tremont Cafe and the Elihu Book Room, as well as artist studios and live/work spaces.
The building incorporates sustainable and environmental measures, along with heritage preservation. Three facades of the building underwent a historically correct restoration and are protected by a conservation agreement. The Tremont’s south wall and roof garden, is inspired by Viennese painter and architect F. Hundertwasser.
Rick and Anke Lex are grateful to the many people who played a part in saving the building and offer a heartfelt thanks to the skilled trades and crafts people who brought a wonderful and positive energy to the project.
"Also, many thanks to the community ‘your encouragement and support have been wonderful. Finally, thanks to the Tremont tenants for their trust and faith in the project from the beginning.
It is our hope that you will visit the Tremont often and enjoy many happy hours there."
Hope to see you all at the Grand Re-opening of the Tremont on Sept 17th from 4 to 7pm and there will be live music and refreshments. The Tremont is located at 80 Simcoe Street, Collingwood.