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.