Sylvan Brick Company

Did you know that the big open business park on Westwood and Skyline used to be The Sylvan Brick Company ?

pick axeAs anyone who has attempted to dig in their yard knows we live on a thick layer of clay. When we were doing our basement remodel I needed to dig a 6 foot window well. It took two months, and I found my new favorite gardening tool, the PICK AXE!

This clay happens to make really good bricks which were used to help build downtown Portland at the turn of the century.  There are several neighbors that grew up in this neighborhood who remember the brick yard and some that even worked there! Check out this information on the Sylvan Brick Company

Unfortunately, the clay could prove to be a big problem in an earthquake. If an earthquake occurs during the rainy season our steep slopes will definitely slide.  Please take a moment to look at your yard and home and think about ways you could

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slow or advert a slide. This is a great article from a professor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discussing the hazards of clay and sand. NY Times: Sand and Clay Prove Treacherous Accomplices of Earthquakes


Have any great stories about working with clay? A memory of the Sylvan Brick Factory? Add them to the comments below.

Kristin Shorey


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