Thursday, June 9, 2011

Exploring Glenwood Power Station

Located thirty minutes north of NYC directly on the Hudson River, Glenwood power station is an industrial historophile's dream. Seeing the brilliant structure on my weekly rides of the the metro north it quickly became the focus of my exploratory fascinations. Constructed between 1904 and 1906 to provide power for the electrification of the New York Central and Husdon River Railroad also helped to contend with the increased traffic from the newly built Grand Central Terminal.

The plant was put on standy in the 1950s and finally closed in 1960. Although there were plans to adapt the building for residential use, these have not come to fruition, and in 2008 the Preservation League of New York State named the plant as one of the seven most endangered sites in the state.

The entrance into the smaller of the two buildings, structurally sound but provided potentially dangerous obstacles.




A little tease into the 6 story building that housed the main generators.
The sound of the river could be heard echoing throughout both buildings.

The main generator room complete with balconies and control panels in tact. Its massive size and architecture had an overwhelming  cathedral like presence .
The glory days.
Perhaps the best find in the power station...the east smokestack.  The outer layers of brick have been crumbling and lined the floor as well as the tiny entrance inside.
Exiting the smokestack. The bricks pouring out from the door were the trail that lead us to the inside of the stack.
An easy entrance into the larger of the buildings wasn't as fortunate as it was with the first. A floorless catwalk from the smaller building into the larger was the only way in. A makeshift bridge made from scraps of wood, building doors and many "Dear Jesus's" provided access across.

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