Tremont House

 


Tremont History

The Tremont House in Bellevue, Ohio was built by Loel Chandler as the largest three-story brick building in the area in 1846.  It was named after the prominent Tremont House hotel in Boston. It was first used as a hotel and stage stop. The second floor contained the lobby and rooms, and the third floor a ballroom.
The railroad replaced the stagecoach and the building changed with the times. In addition to functioning as a Hotel, the building has functioned as:

  • Restaurant
  • Grocery store
  • Cigar factory
  • Real estate and other offices
  • The IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows)
  • Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company store
  • The Green Front Grocery
  • Leonard’s Pharmacy

The Tremont played an important role in the evolution of Bellevue and the Firelands area.
In 1867 Stephen Harkness, Henry Flagler (both one time Bellevue residents), and John D. Rockefeller, celebrated the signing of the contract that financed the start-up of The Standard Oil Company in the ballroom. The second and third floors are mainly unchanged from 1846.

Library of Congress Drawings   A few years ago the whole Tremont/Egle building was hand-measured by a group of architecture students from Kent State University.
The drawings are in the Library of Congress.  Click here to see them!

 

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SOLD!   In 2002, the Bellevue Historical Society purchased The Tremont House at 101 E. Main Street (formerly Leanard's Pharmacy).  It is under-going major restoration to bring it back to its original grandeur. Presently, it is not open to the public, but you can view it from the outside or peek in the windows on the first floor. This was the second hotel in Bellevue. The first floor had small stores; the second floor was the hotel - but not like the hotels we know. This one was a few rooms with cots and one full bathroom that everyone shared.

The first step of the project was to remove the old and deteriorated popcorn room which had become quite an eyesore. Of course, there are always complications. Beneath the popcorn room was the original outside entrance to the basement which had been filled in with rubble. This had to be removed and the space filled in properly. Some interesting items were uncovered in the rubble including old wooden hat forms, shoe repair items and a pair of baby shoes.  Since then, much work as been done to stabilize and reinforce the building. Much of this work as not been visible to passerby, but the work was necessary.  Eventually, The Tremont House will house the Society's sollection of Bellevue artifacts and memorabilia and be opened as a museum.  During the constraction process, most of these items have been placed in storage.

At last, the Society is proceeding with a big phase of the renovation - the restoration of the facade to it's orginal 1846 appearance.  The second and thrid floor porches will be restored, all windows will be replaced with 6-over-6 paned windows like the originals and, most difficult and eye opening of all, the first floor facade will be restored to it's original configuration.  Permier Construction of Norwalk has been contracted for this work and architect John Feick of Sandusky is doing the drawings needed for necessary approvals.

Early photos of The Tremont House show that the front wall was directly below that of the upper porches with six columns in front directly below those above.  When the front wall was moved out to directly beneath the columns, the upper floor front walls were not supported as they should have been.  As a result, some "sagging" has occurred on the second and thrid floors porch walls.  It is necessary to shore up the upper front walls before construction can begin on the new ground floor wall.  Large jacks are being used to accomplish this so that the porch walls can be corrected as much as possible.Needless to say, this is a very ambitious project which will be very costly.  If you would like to help with this magnificent piece of history and it's resoration, go here to read HOW YOU CAN HELP US.
The Bellevue Historical Society is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.

We are excited about the progress and look forward to the day when we have our Grand Opening!

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Get involved with this years 2017 Taste of Tremont Block Party!!!

Below you will find information about sponsorships to this great Bellevue community event !

2017 Taste of Tremont Sponsor Letter

 

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