Here's a glimpse of the old windows coming out of the front of the Tremont House and how it looks now with the new windows and doors installed.  What a difference!
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The old front windows of the Tremont House are now being removed to showcase the restored building front with it's new windows and doors. Bob Wagner (left - white jacket) and Paul Wolfe (right - green shirt) are placing their hands on the glass windows they were instrumental in installing many many years ago which is now being removed during the restoration process.




The door, sidelights, and transom for the new front of the Tremont House have been delivered and installed.  The door, custom made to be period correct, has a modern advantage:  one sidelight is hinged so it can be opened to allow larger objects to be moved in and out of the building. Saturday’s installation was done by Wilhelm Construction and museum volunteers. A generous grant from the Sandusky County Communities Foundation covered the cost of the door, sidelights and transom.  Installation costs were covered by an anonymous donor.  

Part of Phase I of the Tremont House Project, the Society is working to reclaim and restore the building which anchors our downtown.   The Tremont House is downtown Bellevue’s only building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Due to the great support of the strength of steel the Tremont House will stand 100 more years.
Thanks to Thomas Steel for their support in many ways. The knowledge and experience that the company has shown and given to the Bellevue Historical Society for the Tremont House Restoration Project is above and beyond. GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank You.

In 2002, the Bellevue Historical Society purchased The Tremont House at 101 E. Main Street (formerly Leonard’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 the passerby, but the work was necessary.  Eventually, The Tremont House will house the Society's collection of Bellevue artifacts and memorabilia and be opened as a museum.  During the construction process, most of these items have been placed in storage.The Bellevue Historical Society has made substantial progress in restoring the façade of the Tremont House to its original 1846 appearance.  On the second and third floors, custom-made six-over-six paned windows have been installed.  On the upper porches, outside woodwork has been scraped and painted.  With the help of a grant from the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Charitable Impact Fund, new custom doors have been purchased for the fire escape exit on the third floor and the porch door on the second floor.   The porch door on the third floor will remain original.  Columns on the upper porches need much repair.  Some may need to be replace.  The columns on the second-floor porch have already been removed to a workshop for much-needed attention.