The Brickworks Project is a major initiative by the San Juan Islands Agriculture Guild (www.sjiagguild.com) to re-purpose an historic property in the heart of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington. Situated at 150 Nichols Street in Friday Harbor and taking its name from its original role, the project most prominently includes the restoration of the original building and its re-purposing, along with an outdoor Plaza, Green and Stage, to provide a community gathering place for a variety of local food-based, educational and cultural activities and events.
When completed, Brickworks will provide current and future island farmers, seafood harvesters and food purveyors with a year-round central facility for marketing, storage, processing, distributing and selling their products, thus increasing access to local products for both residents and visitors. With both indoor and outdoor facilities, Brickworks has also been designed to provide a gathering place and venue for other community interests as well, including art and craft markets, music and other cultural activities as well as special events. These special events may be Ag Guild sponsored events that further its core mission , or independent events for which the facilities will be rented out.
When completed, it is expected to serve as a significant economic driver for the island’s economy, bringing new life and sense of community to a previously underdeveloped and neglected part of the Friday Harbor downtown area.
The outdoor facilities have already come into use as the permanent home of the San Juan Island Farmers Market, the Friday Harbor Art Market, and a variety of one-time cultural events. Renovation of the Building is currently well underway, with completion anticipated in early June 2013.