Business profile: Bruce Tenney

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2000

Title and firm: Owner, The Green House.

Biographical information: Bruce Tenney, 50, got into the bed-and-breakfast business last summer after 28 years as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. The Minnesota native indulged his wanderlust in the late 1960s, working as a carpenter near Boulder, Colo., and living briefly in Red Lodge, Mont., before being lured to Ketchikan in 1973 by a friend who took a job as a logger. Tenney lived on Prince of Wales and Baranof islands before moving to Juneau in 1990. Eventually, the time away from home and ``drastic changes'' in the salmon and halibut fisheries took their toll, and he finished up as a fisherman in 1997. The one-bedroom Green House, located downtown, originally was merely a real estate investment, but Tenney was interested in its history, and came to see it as ``a romantic historic cottage.'' He spent a year renovating it, and he opened it as a non-owner-occupied bed and breakfast in June. Closed for the winter (but used for a legislative session rental), it reopens May 15.

Family: Tenney has a 10-year-old daughter, Sofia, and a fiance, Mary Jane Bauer.

Latest project: Tenney bought a snowplow and started North Douglas Snowplowing to clear the long driveway at his fiance's Montessori school. He then lined up another two dozen clients. But the lack of significant snowfall so far has made for a slow start, he said.

Notable: At the Green House, Tenney found a ferry ticket from 1899 and a prayer card for the Northern Light Presbyterian Church from 1898. He has put his longstanding interest in antiques to a purpose, filling the house with 1930s period items.

Quotable: ``I do not live there. When you rent it, you get the whole place.''

Contact information: 269 Gastineau Ave., or P.O. Box 22629, Juneau, AK., 99802; 463-2555. Coming in February, his new Web site will be, and the e-mail address will be

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