Blog September 22, 2009
When decades of clay and mud have been chipped away, the historic John Price Brick Press will look like new.
This important restoration work is being led by Shawn Selway who specializes in historic preservation. Shawn has worked on fascinating projects across the country including the pump house of the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology, which contains a pair of walking beam steam engines unique to Canada. He also worked on the historic Cape Bonavista Lighthouse in Newfoundland during the high winds of tropical storm Michael. As the storm progressed, the lighthouse was actually struck by lighting, which is a rare occurrence of in that part of the island. Thankfully no one was hurt.
Working on the The John Price Brick Press should be less perilous, but just as interesting. Originally used at the brick plant on Greenwood Avenue, the press was shipped over to the Brick Works in the early 1960s. When working at its peak, the press could churn out 3,000 pressed bricks per hour.
The press is the first of many Brick Works heritage artifacts that will either be restored or repurposed for future use.