Tremont Artisans Plaza
The Tremont Artisans Plaza is a unique example of the value of public space in a downtown core. Originally purchased by the Town of Collingwood for parking, this site was given the opportunity to become a beloved place in Collingwood’s downtown heritage district as a result of the Tremont Hotel’s restoration by a local visionary developer. Envision-Tatham was retained by the Town to design a small public plaza as a complement to both the Tremont and the adjacent Collingwood Public Library. With the Tremont’s focus on providing studios and residences for artists, the site has quickly been integrated into the arts community as an artisans market and events space. The main plaza was also serviced and designed to receive a future commissioned public art piece. The Tremont Artisan’s Plaza has become an important place in Collingwood’s growing arts district and serves as a reminder of the unrealized community potential of surplus parking areas.