Port Haney Brick Cart – Fabrication Process

The coffee table you see in front of you was originally utilized as a brick cart. The bricks would be taken out of the kiln and transported along a rail system and loaded onto waiting train cars, trucks and ships.  The cart has been modified from its original design to accommodate its new purpose.  If you look closely on the wheels of the cart you will see ‘Haney Brick’ embossed on each one.   The following excerpts provide provenance.

Baynes & Horie – Port Haney Brick Company

Edward Baynes and William McLeod Horie established their construction firm in Vancouver in 1893.  Baynes & Horie Contracting played an important role in the city’s construction industry.  Numerous buildings were constructed along Water and Cordova Streets during the first phase of Gastown’s construction. They later expanded beyond Gastown, building throughout Vancouver and British Columbia. The firm is still active as Alfred Horie Construction Limited.

The majority of buildings in Gastown were initially built as warehouses, service industry or small factories.  This pattern of use changed in the 1980s, first to shops and offices, and then to residential and high-end retail.

Baynes & Horie also had an important role in the brick supply business through a joint investment in the Port Haney Brick Company formed in 1907. With the abundance of brickwork that was utilized in the construction

 of Gastown in the early 1900’s, Port Haney played an integral role in being one of the main suppliers of construction brick.

Port Haney Brick Co. was located in Haney, B.C. due to the abundant clay resources on the property. Clay was mined from the hillside, then crushed and mixed with water to make a thick paste, which was then put into molds and allowed to dry. The dried bricks were light grey in colour, and were arranged inside a beehive kiln and heated until they turned red.

Clay agricultural tile became an important product, and the firm changed its name from Port Haney Brick Company to Haney Brick and Tile Company about 1947. By 1977, the brickyard was losing ground in competition with concrete, steel and plastic, so the company closed down, demolishing sheds and kilns, and selling the equipment. Both the house and office were moved back 60 feet to make the way for the Haney Bypass, and left standing with two acres of property.  The property currently exists as The Maple Ridge Museum.

Source: City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program / www.historicplaces.ca / www.mapleridgemuseum.org