Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Power House And Moonrise 1

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Powerhouse And Moonrise 2

This, ladies and gentlemen, was St. Louis' first major source of electricity, the Ashley Street Power House. It was built between 1902 and 1904 and is still in use today. It provided the juice for the 1904 World's Fair. (Did you know we had the Olympics the same year?) It's a wonderful piece of Edwardian architecture and strange enough that you might expect to see it in a Terry Gilliam movie. The rising moon looks like it was burped out of one of the smokestacks.

Another but very different view of the same objects tomorrow.

15 comments:

cieldequimper said...

THe idea that grandmother moon could have been burped out makes me shudder! I said yesterday that I love old industrial scenes like this one, and I'm really enjoying it.

-10 ° C this morning...

Olivier said...

magnifique, la lumiere, l'usine, elle pourrait sortir d'un vieux film.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant old building, so happy to hear that it's still in full use, they built them to last in those days. Must have been a big burp Bob!!

Ann said...

I love this building downtown... I need to go exploring again....

brattcat said...

love this.

Bibi said...

Very elegant. Take away the smokestacks and you'd have a great apartment complex or luxury condos.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

i lived in St. Louis County from 1963 - 69, but never saw or heard of this remarkable building. Thank you for enlightening me on the lighting of St. Louis.

Halcyon said...

I love that old building. They made them fancy back then!

Wayne said...

Cool!

William Kendall said...

It looks peculiar, but that's what makes it work so well!

Pat said...

I clicked on the link to the power plant. Your picture is better than the one they have. No surprise.

Virginia said...

I knew Wayne would love this. It's really too grand to still be working 9 to 5 but I'll take your word for it.
V

Jack said...

The building is a beauty. It is hard to imagine a power plant still working more than a hundred years later. A forty year old plant is considered pretty old. It must have had a couple of repowerings.

Anonymous said...

I also love old industrial pictures. By the way, I just discovered this blog about six weeks ago and it's wreaking havoc in my life. I used to go to bed at 10 and I can now be found searching through your pictures at 1:00 am. I need intervention.

Steffe said...

Wow.