Ottawa Street Power Station

217 E. Ottawa St., Lansing, Michigan

Municipal electric and steam generating power plant


Completed Restored and Converted Building

This former power plant is now the headquarters of Accident Fund. The interior is largely modern and serves the need of Accident Fund, while the exterior is beautifully preserved. The shape of the building and the color of the brick is designed to represent a flame, drawing a connection to the massive boilers that were part of the power generation process.

Photo taken by Nathan Holth




This power plant originally provided electricity and district steam heating for the Lansing area. It no longer operates as a power plant, and has been converted as a corporate headquarters for the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, making it an interesting adaptive reuse project.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 26, 2008
Reference number
Architectural style
Modern Movement: Art Deco
Areas of significance
Architecture; Engineering; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Public works
Current function
Public works
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1937; 1939; 1950

Update Log 

  • March 16, 2012: New photos from Nathan Holth
  • July 2, 2010: New photos from Nathan Holth