This is the last segment of the Toronto Beltine Trail on my blog, which features both the Rosedale Beltline and the Kay Gardner beltline. (previous posts). As you travel east across Moore Avenue from Mount Pleasant you'll see the entrance (or exit) to the Moore Park Ravine and as the the trail shadows the Bayview Extension you will come to the Evergreen Brick Works. The Milkman's Lane, which was built in the later part of the 19th century is said to have picked up its moniker by serving as a popular route for dairy workers who were transporting the products from the farms of the Don Valley. The road was officially closed in 1958.
In amongst this part of the belt-line houses a very unique collection of historical building. The entire works is known as the "Evergreen Brick Works" I had already planned on taking a closer look here, but had the perfect opportunity during this years', "Doors Open Toronto" Photography festival to take some pictures of these architecturally, historically and socially- significant buildings, which were featured in the festival.
While digging the older brother William had noticed some good quality clay in the ground. He took a sample to a local brick works where they had determined that in fact it was very high quality clay. It wasn't long after that, the brothers began a quarry at the north end of the site and a brick making plant was built at the south right near the Don River.
As for the future of Evergreen Brick Works, everything about Evergreen is here on an informative and event filled website, so I'll just let them to the talking. Here's what they have to say.