Making the Modern Grange

A prefab wine country market hall becomes a place for commerce and community.

The Agrarian Mind

SHED founders Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton came to Jensen Architects with a vision for a modern grange, a place where visitors as well as locals would gather to share food, stories and local knowledge. Their goal was to strengthen and make tangible the essential connection between the land, its cultivation, and the vitality of their community. Working closely with the founders, Jensen gave form to their concept, reinterpreting the traditional barn typology in a bold, prefabricated metal structure and defining an innovative blend of retail, restaurant, and social space.

Multiple Zones

At SHED visitors discover a variety of ways to connect and to enjoy the region’s foods. On the ground floor, a hybrid program of market café, mercantile store, larder and gathering places is organized in an unconventional plan of overlapping zones intended to foster interaction and exchange. Visitors can also stop in for coffee, selections from the fermentation bar, or seasonal dishes. The offerings are available to go, but a communal table and more intimate seating woven throughout the space invite people to linger. Upstairs a flexible hall hosts meetings, workshops and events of all sorts.

Barn Raiser

SHED’s architecture resonates with Healdsburg’s past while also engaging in its present-day culture. Referencing a familiar presence in the local landscape, Jensen employed a utilitarian pre-engineered metal building system commonly known as a Butler building, to create a barn structure that is contemporary rather than nostalgic. Adding glazed garage doors on both levels and a glass curtainwall in front required collaboration with the manufacturer, but the result — a heightened transparency and stronger connections to the street — strengthens SHED’s presence within the town’s center. As an added bonus, the building system uses 70% recycled metal as well as energy-saving, insulated metal-panel cladding.

On the Watershed

SHED overlooks Foss Creek, a tributary of the Russian River, and taking care of the creek was a given. The team engaged experts from Russian Riverkeeper, a nonprofit working to conserve and protect the river and its watershed. The resultant design is SHED’s Creekside garden, a riparian habitat that works to remove pollutants and minimize erosion. Roof drains, permeable paving, and other site infrastructure all channel storm water to the garden, which uses, filters, and stores the water, before slowly releasing runoff into Foss Creek.

Cindy Daniel & Doug Lipton


2016 AIA Redwood Empire, Honor Award
2015 Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Award

2015 AIA San Francisco, Merit Award
2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, Outstanding Restaurant Design

2014 IIT, Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Nominee
2014 Architect Magazine, 
Citation Award
2014 Architizer A+ Design Awards, Retail Finalist
2013 International Design Awards, Honorable Mention
2013 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards, 


Commercial Architecture Magazine, “Modern Design in Wine Country,” December 2018
Bon Appetit, “When Cindy Daniel Opened Shed,” February 2015
Azure Magazine, “A Handsome Culinary Space in Sonoma County,” July 2014
Conde Magazine, “Architizer A+ Awards,” June 2014
Martha Stewart Living, “A Growing 
Experience,” June 2014
New York Times, “Beard Award 
Winners,” March 2014
Interior Design, “Best of Year Awards,” December 2013
The Architects Newspaper, “Shed Store and Cafe,” August 2013
Architectural Record, “The Modern Grange,” July 2013
Wallpaper*, “Editor’s Picks,” June 2013
The Wall Street Journal, “A Perfect Long Weekend in Healdsburg,” May 2013


Project Leads
Mark Jensen
Lincoln Lighthill
Dean Orr
Project Team
Scott Davis
Olya Piskun


ZFA Structural Engineers
Atterbury & Associates
PJC Associates
Curtis & Associates Land Surveying
Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing
Guttmann & Blaevoet
Food Service
Muller Design Associates
Russian Riverkeeper
Cindy Daniel
Sue Volkel
Cathy Smith
Scott Constable
Jeremy Foster


Oliver & Company


Mariko Reed
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