TRIMONT - Trimont's former grocery store building had fallen into disrepair, despite efforts by previous owners to fix it, and was torn down last year. But even though the community lost a piece of its history, a few mementos remain behind at a new courtyard.
"I think it's a good example of a place that was abandoned and turning it into a place of beauty," said Darwin Anthony of Peterson-Anthony Insurance.
The insurance company is housed in Farmers State Bank of Trimont, which shared a common wall with the former grocery store.
"In essence, we had a building because we shared a common wall," Anthony said. "Luckily, it had a good foundation, and we were able to build a wall on the inside [of the bank] before tearing the building down."
The brick for the new wall was matched with the front of the bank building, as well as with the cement border at the top.
"It really ties it all together," Anthony said.
The new courtyard began with some simple landscaping on the side of the building. When the walkway and benches were built, materials from the former grocery store were able to be recycled.
"We were originally going to use the brick, but it was too soft," Anthony said. "It wouldn't last very long being directly on the ground. We used the limestone [from the foundation] instead."
The landscaping was done over the summer by Trimont Greenhouse and Floral.
"These two young guys worked so hard, and in the worst part of summer," Anthony recalled. "We were worried about them ... I remember going out and starting my truck after it was sitting out there and the temperature read 119 degrees. And here were these two guys working away in that heat. But they did an excellent job."
Two trees planted in the courtyard were donated: one by Trimont Garden Club, the other in memory of Vicki Rosenberg.
"This ties in with the bank's 100th anniversary," Anthony said. "We also did some redecorating and got new tile inside the bank. It all ties in together. We'll be doing something later for the 100th anniversary, but we're still working on that."
The courtyard does not have an official name or designation, but it is open for public use.