Friday, August 9, 2013

Brick Works

The Evergreen Brickworks is an environmental community centre located in the Don Valley in the centre of the city in one of our many ravines. This was the site of commercial brick works for over 100 years supplying most of the bricks to build the older parts of Toronto, using the abundant clay and shale that was found on the property. By the 1980s the clay & shale was mostly gone and the property fell into the hands of developers but was expropriated by the Toronto Region Conservation Authority in 1987 and they proceeded to fill in parts of the old quarries to create a wonderful park with 3 large ponds and native plants. The industrial parts of the brick works were leased to Evergreen in 1997 and they have turned the abandoned buildings into a centre that "inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably". I'll show you an inside shot tomorrow.

14 comments:

Birdman said...

Thanks for adding a bit of 'background'. to the photo.

Laura. M said...

Refreshing place Pat ... a pleasure to be there.
Have a great weekend.
A kiss.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh this really is a success story Pat, they've made the very best situation from something that could have just crumbled into ruins.

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful looking space, reminds me a lot of the Castlefield area in city centre Manchester!

TexWisGirl said...

nice reflection shot.

Andy said...

You have caught my attention. I think I should make the trip to T.O. and checkout the Brick Works.

William Kendall said...

Splendid shot. I'm sure I've driven past this stretch, but never stopped in the area.

Deb said...

Interesting sounding place, it looks very 'British'

Lowell said...

Love the reflections. And again, I'm so impressed with what the city of Toronto has done to make it more enjoyable and liveable. I'll look forward to the inside shots!

Randy said...

Nice looking place.

Karen said...

I love little bits of nature scattered in an urban area.

Sharon said...

Sounds like my kind of place. Can't wait to see more.

Gregory Urbano said...

Beautiful re-purposing of a historic place!

EG CameraGirl said...

Thank goodness the conservation authority rescued this gem of a property.