Ten years ago this September we opened the doors to Evergreen Brick Works. But well before the marketplace began bustling, songs and laughter were heard in the Children’s Garden, and hands got digging in the greenhouse, Evergreen had invested eight years in planning, designing, proposing, constructing and piloting to transform the abandoned brick factory to community hub.
One of the initial concepts that launched the project was the idea of a native plant nursery that would provide youth with employment and skills-development opportunities, propagate native plants that would support the delivery of our mission and generate a financial return that would support our charitable mandate.
Great idea– but where?
Evergreen set its sights on reimagining a derelict industrial property nestled in the heart of Toronto’s Don Valley— an abandoned brick factory called the Don Valley Brick Works. The original renderings, created by Evergreen’s artist-in-residence Ferrucio Sardella, captured some of the early ideas that inspired the site we know today.
From these initial concepts to opening day in September 2010 to the present day, the Brick Works has evolved to become a leading example of adaptive reuse, thriving community hub and a demonstration site where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities of the future.
Here is a peek at some of the original renderings that inspired the Brick Works.