Georgetown Steam Plant


Georgetown Steam Plant

Infobox_nrhp | name =Seattle Electric Company Georgetown Steam Plant
nrhp_type = nhl



caption =
location= Seattle, Washington
lat_degrees = 47 | lat_minutes = 32 | lat_seconds = 34.02 | lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122 | long_minutes = 18 | long_seconds = 57.74 | long_direction = W
area =
built =1906
architect= Stone & Webster Engineering; Frank B. Gilbreth
architecture= Classical Revival
designated= July 5, 1984cite web|url=http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1790&ResourceType=Building
title=Seattle Electric Company Georgetown Steam Plant|date=2007-09-17|work=National Historic Landmark summary listing|publisher=National Park Service|accessdate=2007-12-28
]
added = August 1, 1978cite web|url=http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/WA/King/state4.html|title=WASHINGTON - King County|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=nationalregisterofhistoricalplaces.com|accessdate=2007-12-28]
governing_body = Local
refnum=78002755
The Georgetown Steam Plant, now the Georgetown PowerPlant Museum, located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, constructed 1906 for the Seattle Electric Company, provided power for Seattle, notably for streetcars. The plant was originally located along an oxbow of the Duwamish River to provide cooling water, but was left inland after the original river channel was straightened in 1917. Retired after nearly 75 years of operation, it remains "surprisingly complete and operable". The plant has three Curtis turbines, manufactured by the General Electric Company between 1906 and 1917. [http://www.asme.org/Communities/History/Landmarks/Georgetown_Steam_Plant.cfm ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks #45] , accessed online 25 August 2007.]

Puget Sound Traction and Lighting Company (now Puget Power) bought the Seattle Electric Company in 1912; the Georgetown Steam Plant powered the Seattle-to-Tacoma Interurban and Seattle streetcars; it also provided residential and industrial power to Georgetown. Originally an oil-fired plant, it converted to a coal in 1917.

The building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1984. At the time of its landmarking, it contained the "last operating examples of the world's first large scale steam turbine".Harvnb|Thomas|Allan|1984|p=24] The building itself, "built by a fast-track construction process, was designed and supervised by Frank W. Gilbreth, later a nationally famous proponent of efficiency engineering." The building is also a Seattle City Landmark. [ [https://www.cityofseattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/g.htm Landmarks Alphabetical Listing for G] , Individual Landmarks, Department of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle. Accessed 28 December 2007.]

Paul Carosino and Lilly Tellefson founded the Georgetown PowerPlant Museum in April 1995 to restore, maintain and operate the plant.

The plant was the site of the last performance of the rock band Big Black. [ [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/5376/Big-Black-The-Last-Blast/overview Big Black: The Last Blast] , "New York Times" / All Music Guide review. Accessed online 19 January 2008.]

Notes

References

*citation|url=http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/78002755.pdf|format=PDF| pages=57| title=National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination: Seattle Electric Company Georgetown Steam Plant|year=1984| date=1984-01-27| first=Jacob| last=Thomas | first2=T. |last2=Allan| publisher=National Park Service| accessdate=2007-12-28. PDF: 425 KiB.
**PDFlink| [http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Photos/78002755.pdf Seattle Electric Company Georgetown Steam Plant--Accompanying 5 photos, exterior and interior, undated] |1.06 MB, National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination, National Park Service, 1984. Accessed 28 December 2007.

External links

* [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=2340 HistoryLink: History Museums -- Georgetown Power Plant Museum]
* [http://www.asme.org/Communities/History/Landmarks/Georgetown_Steam_Plant.cfm ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks #45]
* [http://photosynth.net/view.aspx?cid=5200d087-73d7-4fe2-ad5b-89cf459d69a5 A Photosynth of the interior of the museum]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Georgetown, Seattle, Washington — Georgetown is a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, USA. It is bounded on the north by the mainlines of the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad, beyond which is the Industrial District; on the west by the Duwamish River, across which is… …   Wikipedia

  • List of Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks — The following is a list of Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks as designated by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers since it began the program in 1971. The designation is granted to existing artifacts or systems representing a… …   Wikipedia

  • Liste der City of Seattle Landmarks — Die Liste der City of Seattle Landmarks nennt die vom City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board ausgewiesenen Denkmäler in Seattle.[1] Landmark Stadtbereich[2] Adresse Abbildung 1411 Fourth Avenue Building Downtown 1411 Fourth Avenue …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Seattle, Washington — List of entries on the National Register of Historic Places in Seattle, Washington This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted November 10, 2011.[1] Map of all coordinates fr …   Wikipedia

  • Liste der National Historic Landmarks in Washington — Ein Blick auf die Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, seit 1992 eine National Historic Landmark. Diese vollständige Liste der National Historic Landmarks in Washington nennt die 24 Stätten, die in diesem US Bundesstaat als National Historic… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Northwest Seaport — 1002 Valley Street Seattle WA 98109 The Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center is a nonprofit organization in Seattle, Washington dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Puget Sound and Northwest Coast maritime heritage, expressed …   Wikipedia

  • List of historic mechanical engineering landmarks — National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmarks are those engineering achievements considered to have exceptional historic value by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). California * Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park built… …   Wikipedia

  • Museum of Communications — Panel switch district selector frame at the Museum of Communications The Museum of Communications, originally the Vintage Telephone Equipment Museum, is located in Qwest s Duwamish Central Office at East Marginal Way S. and Corson Avenue S. in… …   Wikipedia

  • Coast Guard Museum Northwest — Coordinates: 47°35′26″N 122°20′16″W / 47.5906°N 122.3377°W / 47.5906; 122.3377 …   Wikipedia

  • Museum of History and Industry — Boeing B 1 float plane, the first commercial plane made by Boeing …   Wikipedia