Mechanical engineering masterpiece - Georgetown's 110 year old steam plant

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Georgetown Steam Plant
Photo courtesy City Light

The historic Georgetown Steam Plant in Seattle will celebrate its 110th anniversary with a free open house, Saturday, June 10, from 10am – 2pm with live musical performances from a group of Georgetown artists, a hot dog cart and free guided history tours.

The Georgetown Steam Plant is a National Historic Landmark constructed 1906-1907 which generated energy for the first time on June 22, 1907. Created to energize some of Seattle’s first electric streetcar lines, including the interurban running Everett to Shoreline to Tacoma, the reinforced concrete building is among the first of its kind on the west coast and contains the last two vertical Curtis steam turbine generators known to exist in their original positions.

Seattle City Light has owned the facility since 1951 and it was completely decommissioned in 1977. It became a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and a Seattle Landmark in 1984. City Light staff and volunteers host free open houses for the public the second Saturday of every month from 10am – 2pm with guided tours at 11am and 1pm.

More information about the Georgetown Steam Plant can be found here or by calling 206-763-2542.


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