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Bent’s stunning transformation continues in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 September 2020 at 12:41 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – The top of the façade on the three-story Bent’s Opera House is painted this morning. The building has been given an extensive renovation the past two years, and the new paint is a very visible change to the site on Main Street, at the corner of West Center Street.

Bent’s was originally built in 1864-1865 and is one of the most striking buildings in downtown Medina. The site is expected to open this spring with a restaurant on the first floor, boutique hotel on the second floor and events space on the third floor.

Here is how the building looked in September 2019, with scaffolding on the side facing East Center Street.

This photo from October 2013 shows the building when a crew arrived to install “cribbing” as a temporary support so the rotted beams could be removed and the new supports installed. That allowed structural support beams for the southeast corner building. At that time, the Orleans Renaissance Group owned the building.

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