Chicago and North Western Railway Power House
Constructed in 1911 for the Chicago and North Western Railway, this building is now home to office and retail space. The structure is one of two remaining railroad powerhouses in Chicago, and the only remaining powerhouse for the Chicago and North Western. Thanks to preservationists and adaptive reuse, it stands as a monument to the thriving railroad industry that helped Chicago grow at a remarkable rate in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, an era when the Chicago and North Western Railway operated as one of the city's most prominent railroads. The Powerhouse provided electricity and steam heat to an entire complex that included a terminal, standing passenger cars, switching station, nearby railroad facilities and more for more than a half of a century.
Backstory and Context
Cronon, William. Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991.
Grant, Roger H. "Chicago & North Western Railway Co." Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicagohistory.org. Accessed Jan 1, 2018. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1036.html
Hudson, John C. "Railroads." Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago. Chicagohistory.org. Accessed Jan 1, 2018. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1039.html
Keating, Ann Durkin. Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.
CNW Powerhouse: By Smallbones - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9424817
1911 Newspaper Ad & 1912 Photo: From https://chicagology.com/skyscrapers/skyscrapers055/ -- See blog for many more pictures.