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A mononuclear valence tautomeric (VT) complex, [Co(pycz)2(Sq)(Cat)] (1-trans), where pycz = 9-(pyridin-4-yl)-9H-carbazole, Sq·- = 3,5-di-tert-butyl-semiquinonato, and Cat2- = 3,5-di-tert-butyl-catecholato, is synthesized in the trans configuration, which undergoes one-step valence tautomeric transition above room temperature. Remarkably, 1-trans can transform into its isomeric structure, [Co(pycz)2(Sq)(Sq)] (1-cis), at temperature above 350 K in a single-crystal-to-single-crystal way by in situ molecular twist, and the resulting 1-cis exhibits a pronounced two-step VT transition during magnetic measurements that is rare for mononuclear VT complexes. Such drastic solid-state structural transformation is reported in VT compounds for the first time, which is actuated by a crystal surface’s melting-recrystallization induced phase transition process. DFT calculations offer an underlying mechanism suggesting a concerted bond rotation during the structural transformation. The results demonstrate an unconventional approach that realizes structural transformation of VT complexes and the control of VT performance.