When Phil Maloney first walked into the defunct fire hall at 90 Duckworth St., he began to doubt his grand scheme to revamp the site.
“It was a mess,” Maloney said. At that point, the building had been vacant for about two decades.
“The city had stored a bunch of documents and stuff in here. The basement was decrepit. I think they’d actually filmed a horror movie in here at one point.”
Maloney co-owns Bannerman Brewing Company, which is among four locations recently awarded the Southcott Award for preserving a heritage space by the Historic Trust of Newfoundland, a non-profit organization that advocates the restoration of historic sites in the province.
The St. John’s Farmers’ Market, which moved into the former Metrobus Depot on Freshwater Road, also won a Southcott.
“They’re really successful projects that took existing buildings in the community that had previously pretty unique uses and transformed them into new businesses or new community entities that continue to have really different and unique uses,” said Emily Wolf, member of the board of directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Historic Trust.
“We felt that those were two really successful projects that demonstrate how effective adaptive reuse can be.”
The Bannerman Brewing Co. microbrewery — with its cavernous drinking hall and iconic garage door — opened last spring in a structure built in 1895 and overhauled in the 1940s.
The legacy of the fire hall was apparent when the bar’s owners…