Walk past these quaint, red-brick houses and you’ll be hard pressed to guess what their original use was. From 1908 to 1999, the Cattle Depot Artist Village was a slaughterhouse where hundreds of livestock were held and butchered for food. The five blocks of buildings were finally closed down due to residents’ very valid concerns about the slaughterhouse’s location right in the middle of an urban area.
In 2001, the location was transformed into a village for artists. 20 art groups are currently based there. The collection of buildings is the only remaining pre-World War I cattle depot of its kind, earning it the status of Grade II historical site.