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The Don Valley Brick Works is a repurposed 19th century industrial site.  This factory operated on a large scale, using raw materials excavated on site to manufacture bricks.  It provided the building material for many local structures.  With clay and shale resources dwindling in the 1980s, the factory closed, became derelict and was a haven for ravers, graffiti artists and the homeless.  The former quarry has been converted into a park with naturalized ponds and hiking trails.  The factory now houses a vibrant farmers market, children’s garden, café, gallery space among other things.  The Evergreen Brick Works is wildly popular and an example of how a thoughtfully conserved site can serve modern day users while not only preserving and educating about its original purpose, but also paying homage to the other uses that form the layers of its history.

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