Downtown Collingwood Projects Taking Shape

The debate about the value of heritage preservation of buildings continues in many communities and Collingwood is no exception.  While we readily sent old buildings ofTremontf to landfill sites over the past decades, the tide shifted in recent years toward preserving these landmarks.  Collingwood’s downtown is an official Heritage District and is considered one of the finest in the country.

As I reported back in May of this year,  one of these buildings is the old Tremont Hotel downtown and next door to the new Library being built.  It’s been amazing to watch the transformation taking place as the owners, both strong heritage advocates, uncover the old and bring it back to life.  Many people in town are commenting on the “good job” being done and I think all are somewhat fascinated by the almost surreal step back in time as the original facade is exposed.

Tremont RenderingIn an email from owners Rick and Anke Lex, they said:

• Completion should be summer of 2010
• Most of the exterior restoration (brick, parapets and cresting, new heritage appropriate windows etc.) should be complete before this winter.
• The paint removal process is mostly complete and attention will now turn to brick cleaning. (should take a few more weeks)
• They now have a website (work in progress)

If you are in the area, go take a look for yourself at both the Tremont and the new Library building now taking shape.  There are some other interesting developments taking place downtown and more to come such as the newly approved revitalization plan but more on that later.  The downtown just keeps getting better.


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  1. […] by Scoop under Uncategorized Leave a Comment  As fellow Collingwood blogger Marg Scheben-Edey noted a couple of weeks ago, the restoration of the Tremont continues to take shape; I just took a moment now to stroll the […]

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