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Photo, Print, Drawing Cushman No. 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant, Cushman Substation, 3713 North 19th Street, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA

[ Data Pages from Survey HAER WA-26-G  ]

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[ Photo Captions from Survey HAER WA-26-G  ]

About this Item

Title

  • Cushman No. 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant, Cushman Substation, 3713 North 19th Street, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA

Names

  • Historic American Engineering Record, creator
  • Tacoma City Light
  • Davisson, Ira S.
  • Stannard, Jay L.
  • Gongwer, J. Verne
  • Darland, Alvin F.
  • Parker, James
  • Dougan & Chrisman
  • Tacoma Power, sponsor
  • Perrin, Natalie K., historian
  • Miller, Heather Lee, historian
  • Historical Research Associates, Inc., contractor
  • Stamets, John, photographer
  • McPartland, Mary, transmitter

Created / Published

  • Documentation compiled after 1968

Headings

  • -  hydroelectric power plants
  • -  electric utilities
  • -  power industry
  • -  electrical substations
  • -  public utilities
  • -  Greek Revival architectural elements
  • -  tunnels
  • -  switchyards
  • -  concrete foundations
  • -  generators
  • -  condensers
  • -  cornices
  • -  pilasters
  • -  moldings
  • -  towers
  • -  transformers
  • -  electric switches
  • -  electric conduits
  • -  reinforced concrete construction
  • -  Neo-Classical architectural elements
  • -  storage
  • -  porticoes (porches)
  • -  concrete foundations
  • -  parapets
  • -  shed roofs
  • -  penthouses
  • -  elevators
  • -  entablatures
  • -  Tuscan order
  • -  dadoes
  • -  plinths
  • -  pediments
  • -  tympana
  • -  dentils
  • -  roll-up doors
  • -  stairways
  • -  sconces
  • -  gantry cranes
  • -  control rooms
  • -  storerooms
  • -  oil storage tanks
  • -  Washington--Pierce County--Tacoma

Latitude / Longitude

  • 47.266674,-122.486782

Notes

  • -  Significance: Cushman No. 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant Substation represents a significant achievement in power production for the City of Tacoma. Constructed in response to unprecedented increases in power demands in the city, the Cushman No. 1 Development led to further industrial and commercial expansion. The Cushman Substation, located in a residential neighborhood of Tacoma, was the only urban building constructed for the Cushman Hydroelectric Project and is a visual representation of the importance of public energy facilities to growth in the region. The substation was an integral part of the Cushman Hydroelectric Project, acting as terminus for the transmission line and therefore an essential resource directly related to the production and transmission of hydroelectric power to the citizens of Tacoma. Though the building exhibits excellent integrity, rerouting of the Potlatch Transmission Line to the Pearl Street Substation in 1949 and the subsequent removal of all power-related equipment from the interior of the Cushman Substation have rendered the building functionally disconnected from the rest of the Cushman system. However, the building is an excellent example of Neoclassical revival architecture, and has seen few alterations (apart from interior removal of equipment). The basic form, massing, and scale of the building, both interior and exterior, are intact.
  • -  Survey number: HAER WA-26-G
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1925-1926 Initial Construction
  • -  Building/structure dates: 1949 Subsequent Work
  • -  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 88002759

Medium

  • Photo(s): 6
  • Data Page(s): 12
  • Photo Caption Page(s): 1

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HAER WA-26-G

Source Collection

  • Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Control Number

  • wa0920

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, Tacoma City Light, Ira S Davisson, Jay L Stannard, J. Verne Gongwer, Alvin F Darland, James Parker, et al., Stamets, John, photographer. Cushman No. 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant, Cushman Substation,North 19th Street, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA. Washington Pierce County Tacoma, 1968. translateds by Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/wa0920/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Engineering Record, C., Tacoma City Light, Davisson, I. S., Stannard, J. L., Gongwer, J. V., Darland, A. F. [...] Historical Research Associates, I., Stamets, J., photographer. (1968) Cushman No. 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant, Cushman Substation,North 19th Street, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA. Washington Pierce County Tacoma, 1968. McPartland, M., trans Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/wa0920/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Engineering Record, Creator, et al., photographer by Stamets, John. Cushman No. 1 Hydroelectric Power Plant, Cushman Substation,North 19th Street, Tacoma, Pierce County, WA. trans by Mcpartland, Marymitter Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/wa0920/>.