Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company

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Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company
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Chester Waterside Station, November 2009
Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company is located in Pennsylvania
Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company
Location 2501 Seaport Dr., Chester, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°49′45″N 75°23′02″W / 39.82917°N 75.38389°W / 39.82917; -75.38389Coordinates: 39°49′45″N 75°23′02″W / 39.82917°N 75.38389°W / 39.82917; -75.38389
Area 11.9 acres (4.8 ha)
Built 1916
Architect Windrim, John T.; Eglin, William C.L.
Architectural style Beaux-Arts, Neoclassical
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 07000467[1]
Added to NRHP May 24, 2007

Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company is a historic former coal-fired power station, located on the Delaware River in Chester, Delaware County, southeastern Pennsylvania. [2]

Built by the Philadelphia Electric Company, it is currently owned by the PECO Energy Company of the Exelon Corporation. [2] The complex has been out of service since 1984, awaiting adaptive reuse. [2]

Architecture[edit]

The original section of the Station building was built in 1916, and consists of the Boiler House with attached Coal Towers and Turbine Hall, and the Switch House. The complex was designed by architect John T. Windrim and engineer William C.L. Eglin, and featured then recent advances in generating technology and industrial construction. [2] The principle facades were designed in the Beaux-Arts style.

The Turbine Hall Annex addition was built in 1939-1942. [2]

Also located on the property is the two-story, red brick Machine Shop building. It was also built by the Philadelphia Electric Company.[3]

Landmark[edit]

The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[1]

The Chester Waterside Station was documented by the federal HAER−Historic American Engineering Record, with extensive exterior and interior photography by renowned architectural photographer Jack Boucher in 1997 and 1998; architectural drawings; and a detailed descriptive report of the facility design and history, and its contemporary industrial history contexts. [4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e HAER: Chester Station Report . accessed 12.28.2014
  3. ^ ""National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania"" (SEARCHABLE DATABASE). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Suzanna Barucco (March 2007). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Chester Waterside Station of the Philadelphia Electric Company" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  4. ^ HAER Chester Station index

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