Willow Steam Plant. Philadelphia, PA.

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Located on the corner of 9th Street and Willow, the unique architecture of Willow Steam Plant sits on the edge of Center City with no signs of renewal. With smokestacks 163 feet high and an overabundance of pipes, gauges, and all other industrial edge expected in a plant, this building is the quintessential Steampunk heaven.

Built in 1927 by the Philadelphia Electric Company, this large building was part of Center City’s steam system. The plant burned coal, which was brought in via rail cars that ran along the Reading Railroad tracks that used to be on Willow Street. The Plant closed its doors in the 1970s and has remained sealed by the fire department because it’s dangerously riddled with asbestos and other hazards.

Photographed April 2016.

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