Adams Power Plant Transformer House

Buffalo Ave. near Portage Rd., Niagara Falls, New York

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Edward D. Adams Station Power Plant

1. MAIN (EAST) ELEVATION

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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Description 

Until well into the 20th century, this electric-power generating facility retained its position as the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world. The transformer house, built in 1895 from designs by McKim, Mead and White, is the only surviving structure of the plant, which has been hailed as "the birthplace of the modern hydroelectric power station." When it became operational, long-distance commercial electrical transmission became a reality. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 4, 1983

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 11, 1975
Reference number
75001212
Areas of significance
Industry; Engineering; Literature; Architecture
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Energy facility
Current function
Energy facility
Periods of significance
1950-1974; 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Significant years
1895; 1961

Update Log 

  • April 6, 2018: New Street View added by Michael Miller

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