For­mer Bare­need gen­eral store wins award

Orig­i­nal builder’s great-grand­daugh­ter looks af­ter restora­tion


Ef­forts to re­store a for­mer gen­eral store lo­cated by the sea in Bare­need have been deemed award-wor­thy.

The New­found­land and Labrador His­toric Trust last week rec­og­nized Sharon Pippy for her ded­i­ca­tion to fix­ing up a struc­ture her great-grand­fa­ther John Green­land orig­i­nally built. She re­ceived a 2015 South­cott Award for Build­ing Restora­tion/Preser­va­tion.

Si­t­u­ated di­rectly ad­ja­cent to the main road and on the ocean, the build­ing’s own­er­ship re- mained out­side the fam­ily for many years be­fore Pippy pur­chased it in 2001. She also owns a house and barn lo­cated across the street from the for­mer store.

“I fo­cused on the house in the be­gin­ning, and we just re­paired the roof of the store when I did the ren­o­va­tions (on the house) in 2001,” Pippy told The Com­pass.

It was three years ago that Pippy de­cided to re­fo­cus on the har­bour­side prop­erty.

“I had to de­cide ei­ther to tear it down or ren­o­vate it, and it took a long time to come to that de­ci­sion, but I just couldn’t let it go, even though (tear­ing it down) would have given me a bet­ter view from the house.”

Her grand­par­ents, Harry and Win­nie Green­land, op­er­ated the gen­eral store for many years, in­clud­ing dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. Harry was the des­ig­nated look­out for U-boats at that time in Bare­need.

Restora­tion ar­chi­tect Ge­off Adams and con­trac­tors Sable Build­ing and De­sign worked with Pippy to find ways to work around var­i­ous chal­lenges. There was lots of rot, bro­ken glass, mould is­sues and a leaky roof to con­tend with. Some walls were re­built, the foun­da­tion and piers were shored up, a new roofline was built, and new in­te­ri­ors were cre­ated. They also up­graded the plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal sys­tem.

Known now as Bare­need Stu­dios, the prop­erty will even­tu­ally serve as a space for vis­it­ing artists to stay in and use. Pippy notes Bare­need and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have ties to the ca­reers of sev­eral no­table artists, in­clud­ing Ge­orge Nose­wor­thy, Christo­pher Pratt, Regi­nald Shep­herd, He­len Par­sons-Shep­herd, and Gerry Squires.

“They would re­ally feel the land there,” she said. “Bare­need is a lit­tle tiny place, but that whole penin­sula has been home to a lot of artis­tic peo­ple and cre­ative peo­ple.”

Pippy is now work­ing on fund­ing pro­pos­als to de­velop mar­ket­ing and busi­ness plans for the prop­erty.

She held a spe­cial gath­er­ing last sum­mer for peo­ple in the com­mu­nity cu­ri­ous to check out the re­stored prop­erty, and the over­all re­sponse she’s re­ceived from lo­cals has been pos­i­tive.

“I think the peo­ple in the lit­tle town of Bare­need are thrilled … They have fond mem­o­ries of my grand­fa­ther’s gen­eral store.”


The im­age on the left shows what Sharon Pippy’s sea­side prop­erty in Bare­need used to look like be­fore she got an ar­chi­tect and con­trac­tors in­volved in restor­ing the for­mer gen­eral store. On the right, you can see what the South­cott Award win­ning prop­erty looks like to­day.

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