The Terra Nova Sulphite Co. Mill Process #1

I have always been intrigued by this derelict building in Glovertown. It can be seen from the road in town, looming higher than the forest surrounding it. It is quite creepy. As a teenager I went inside. Never would I attempt that now. I went there a few years ago with my daughter and took pictures to use as reference some day. Well the time is now. This piece is 3 by 3 feet. I am in early stages at this point and I am excited to see what comes of it.

Excerpt:”The Terra Nova Sulphite Co. Mill was built in 1921 by the Terra Nova Sulphite Company with the financial aid of Norwegian investors. Today the shelled concrete structure of this abandoned pulp mill can be seen towering over the banks of the Terra Nova River near the community of Glovertown. During the early 20th century pulp mills became very popular as the demand for pulp was high. The island had an abundance in black spruce trees which were considered ideal for pulp and paper making. This led the Terra Nova Sulphite Company to begin looking for investors for placing a pulp mill in Glovertown.

The location was chosen for two reasons; its proximity to salt water and the Terra Nova River, which would allow for hydro power generation and the ability to transport wood down the river to the mill.”

Process-Rebuilding Quinnipiac


On the heels of the destruction of Quinnipiac in St. John’s, I have decided to work on preserving, in images, those buildings which need our attention and care. I have been painting heritage homes for many years, including the Barbour House in 2006. Fortunately, people had the foresight to preserve that structure.

One of the values of art is the ability to aesthetically reconstruct threatened or lost artifacts, so that people may share in the grandeur of these treasures.

I was fortunate to have the front page of the local paper here.