Evergreen Brickworks Snow

It had just started to snow when I was shown the small, cozy skating rink.

It had just started to snow when I was shown the small, cozy skating rink.

While we were at the Brickworks: looking around, buying supper ingredients at the Farmers’ Market, buying ABEEGO wraps at the shop, having coffee and having lunch, it snowed about three inches!

Toronto Brickworks

Some of the outdoor art installations.  And the abandoned patio.

Some of the outdoor art installations. And the abandoned patio.

VA are the first two letters in Valley, i.e. the Don Valley Brickworks.

VA are the first two letters in Valley, i.e. the Don Valley Brickworks.

And as we left you could hardly see the buildings on the other side of the Don Valley.

The Don Valley

The Don Valley. Good thing the car had new snow tires!

Evergreen Brickworks Ovens

Ovens, ovens.

Ovens, ovens.

Pick your favourite!

Pick your favourite!

I didn’t read all of the posters explaining what was what in the remaining industrial parts of the Evergreen Brickworks. But it seems that many ovens were needed along the side of a long tunnel (behind the ovens) containing the bricks to ensure they all baked properly.  And each seems to have been fed by one or more gas lines.

That's dinner being carried in the green bag at the far end of the corridor!

That’s dinner being carried in the green bag at the far end of the corridor!

This last photo was near what seemed to be a play area: covered, but exposed on one side to the elements. Not an oven, but near them.

Hanging near a play area and representing many modes of transportation.

Hanging near a play area and representing many modes of transportation.

Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

Entering the Evergreen Brickworks late morning on a dreary day.

Entering the Evergreen Brickworks late morning on a dreary day.

As their own home page says: Evergreen Brickworks is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.

Among other things it includes an outdoor skating rink, a green wall, a farmers’ market, a restored brown site and dozens of ongoing projects. It has a store which sells environmentally friendly products, a coffee shop and an excellent restaurant. At the farmers’ market we bought all the ingredients for dinner including wild rice, dried mushrooms and organically raised beef. The less restored parts of the site celebrate the art of graffiti as practiced before the reclamation of the Brickworks began (see a future post) and the Brickworks’ industrial past. Dozens of amazing new art installations can be found including one showing all the watersheds of the city of Toronto.

Brick buildings, decorated and not.

Brick buildings, decorated and not.

A random hallway, blocked part way down.

A random hallway, blocked part way down.

The ceiling in the restaurant.

The ceiling in the restaurant.

During lunch. It was snowing hard.

During lunch. It was snowing hard.

The Wikipedia entry on the Don Valley Brickworks.