Thursday, April 16, 2020

University of Chicago Power Plant

(3D Satellite)

Steve Lewandowski posted
Mitch Markovitz At 59th Street, University of Chicago, looking south.
Christian Goepel South Side Rapid Transit bridge over IC at 63rd Street in the distance.
Scott Greig University of Chicago power or steam plant (forget which) in the background.
Note that the chiller plant is about as big as the power plant. And the IC still has quite a few tracks in town.
3D Satellite

Street View
An historic aerial confirms that IC used to have a spur next to the plant.
1938 Aerial Photo from ILHAP
The structure that held the spur by the plant to allow dumping the coal out of a hopper is now gone. Has it been converted to gas, or been repurposed or does it just sets abandoned?

David Daruszka posted
Memories of winters past. I was about as cold in the cab as it was outside.
Joseph Claude: Southbound from 57th Street, cold west wind!
Dennis DeBruler: Joseph Claude That confirms that the power plant was for the University of Chicago.

1 comment:

  1. There was an article on the power plant in the alumni magazine a few years ago. I will attempt to find it and send you the link. I do not believe it is unused, however. Also, it has long occurred to me that it and the RR Donnelly Lakeside Press clearly have the same architect.