Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Seaholm Power Plant
A growing population and post-World War II demand for new appliances and air conditioning increased the need for electricity. In 1948, the city of Austin commissioned a new power generation plant to be built here, just west of the existing site. Designed by the nationally known Kansas City engineering firm of Burns & McDonnell, the complex developed in two phases in 1950 and 1955. The massive plant included a generator building, which initially housed two hydrogen-cooled turbine generators but was designed to expand to five as demand increased; outdoor boilers; an oil heating plant; a demineralization building; and a water intake structure. The buildings reflect the Art Moderne style, with site-cast structural concrete, scored concrete panel cladding, metal divided-light windows and glass blocks. The turbine generator building includes distinctive illuminated Moderne graphics in its signage. The buildings are solid concrete construction, although other power plants built by Burns & McDonnell up to that time had utilized structural
On June 2, 1960, the city of Austin posthumously dedicated “Power Plant No. 2” to Walter E. Seaholm (1897-1956), who served the city of Austin for 35 years, including stints as City Manager and Director of Utilities. Seaholm Power Plant remained an active part of the city’s power generation system until 1989.
Erected 2007 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13974.)
Location. 30° 15.957′ N, 97° 45.182′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on West Cesar Chavez Street (State Highway 343), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 800 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin TX 78703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shoal Creek (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michael Paggi House (approx. ¼ mile away); Texas Newspapers, C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); J.P. Schneider Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Caldwell Treaty Oak Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); West-Bremond Cottage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Emma West Flats (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robinson-Macken House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 871 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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