The building that is now the Salted Cod Arthouse, along with the Rudder Restaurant and the adjacent wharf building, were built around 1880 by Leonard Wayland as a warehouse and processing plant for smoking and salting fish, among which was the celebrated Atlantic Cod.
Prior to the invention of flash freezing by Gloucester resident Clarence Birdseye in 1924, salt was the primary means by which fish was preserved to ensure freshness during transit from Gloucester to the world. In 1892 the Tarr and Wonson Paint Company, the first U.S. manufacturer of copper paint, which was used on the bottom of boats to prevent marine growth, bought the property as a warehouse for storing copper bottom paint. Tarr & Wonson rebuilt the building and covered the entire structure with stamped steel and the company’s celebrated copper paint. At high tide, sailors could come up to the back door, the original which is still intact, and offload paint onto their vessels.
In 1948 Alden and Mary Bryan purchased the property from Tarr & Wonson and turned it into the Bryan Gallery, which they ran for almost thirty years. In the late 1950s, Alden collaborated with Evie Parsons to open the Rudder Restaurant in the building next door. When Mary Bryan died in 1978, the Bryan Gallery was closed for several years, until some enterprising artists negotiated with Alden to rent the building and reopen it as an artist’s co-operative which eventually became known as Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck.
In 2021 the historic fish preparation and paint warehouse (affectionately known as The Tin Building) was purchased along with the Rudder Restaurant by two local residents, Matthew Moynahan and Thomas Aurelio. Dedicated to the revival of Rocky Neck, they reopened the building in 2022 after the restoration of the second floor for additional art space. The Salted Cod Arthouse and its principals are forever committed to providing local art, libations and essential provisions to sailors, fishermen, artists, visitors and curious passersby to this historic city, America’s oldest fishing port and working art colony.
Lisa Angelini-Adams, Kristine Arnold, Katherine Bagley, Joan Benotti, Paula Borsetti, Linda Bourke, Marci Davis, Bill Dwyer, Ellen Garvey, Dina Gomery, Birgit Hansen, Leslie Heffron, Linda Kauss, Jane Keddy, L. Marie Lamarche, Laureen Maher, Stephanie Mason, Brian Murphy, Erin O’Sullivan-Place, Fran Osten, Marcie Rae, Mary Rhinelander, Diane Slezak, Deborah Way, Patricia Wellenkamp
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