Power Plant

Power Plant

Power Plant
Architectural Drawing 1
II: Buildings and Grounds
Architectural drawing (reproductive print copy) of the new University of Chicago Power Plant. When the present heating plant was completed in 1904, it furnished heat, light, and power to a small group of buildings; however, the addition of Harper Library, Rosenwald Hall, Ida Noyes Hall, and other facilities increased heating needs by 50 per cent. In 1912, 1914, and 1915 plant equipment was improved to meet the additional load. Between 1921 and 1923, eight new boilers replaced the original ones and the plant was expanded to maximum capacity. The heating of further buildings is beyond the capacity of the present plant and the university proposes to construct a new one capable of serving both present and future needs. In this modern powerhouse, units will be constructed one above the other to permit more efficient operation. A new plant and general service building is being proposed to provide facilities for the storage of food and scientific materials, and for bakeries, laundries, and incinerators. Two locations are being considered. By erecting the buildings at 58th Street and Harper Avenue, the price of hauling coal would be eliminated The second locale, just west of the present plant, has the advantage of being nearer to the points of heat consumption. A final decision concerning the site will be determined based on the advice of consulting engineers.
Blackstone Avenue Power Plant; Steam Plant Power Plant
Power plants | Architectural drawings (Visual works)
Reproductive prints; 15.0 x 23.3 cm
Maher, Philip Brooks, 1894-1981
Coolidge & Hodgdon
6053 S. Blackstone Avenue | University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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