1. The Tremont House is in its third incarnation. The current hotel that bears this name opened on Feb. 16, 1985 in conjunction with the revival of Mardi Gras in Galveston.
2. The original Tremont House was built in the same year that Galveston was founded (1839). It was located at the corner of Postoffice and Tremont Streets, the sturdy two-story building was the largest and finest hotel in the Republic of Texas.
3. General Sam Houston delivered his last public speech on the balcony of Tremont House on April 19, 1861. The building was destroyed by fire in June 1865.
4. A second Tremont opened in 1872 and was designed by noted architect Nicholas Clayton. The hotel fell into ruin following the depression and was demolished in 1928.
5. Cynthia and George Mitchell bought the 1879 Leon & H. Blum Building in 1981 and began its transformation into an elegant boutique-style hotel. The adjoining building, which houses the Belmont Suites, dates to 1873.
6. When the current Tremont House opened in 1985, it was the first hotel to open in Downtown Galveston in more than sixty years.
7. Recent celebrity guests who have stayed at The Tremont House include Liza Minnelli, Clint Black, Holland Taylor, Aaron Neville, Dr. John & The Night Trippers, Sinbad, Carol Burnett, Shirley MacLaine, David Cassidy, Robert Earl Keen, Shoji Tabuchi, James Earl Jones, B52s, Sally Struthers, Ronnie Milsap, Wilson Phillips, William Shatner and many others. The list continually grows.
8. The hotel’s lobby features a hand-carved rosewood bar that dates to 1888. The bar is named for Henry Toujouse, an immigrant from France who worked at this bar and later owned it. The bar was originally located at the Opera House Saloon situated in the basement of The Tremont Opera House at Tremont and Market.
9. The Tremont House is home to Galveston’s only rooftop bar.
10. The Tremont House joined the elite ranks of Wyndham’s hotels in 1996.
Like many of Galveston’s historic downtown buildings, The Tremont House is reportedly haunted. Dash Beardsley’s Ghosts Tours of Galveston finishes its tour at The Tremont House by sharing some of its stories.
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