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Power Plant (West Lafayette, Ind.)



  • Existence: 1904 - 1929

Historical Information

The second Power Plant was built in 1904. It held four 250-(hp) boilers and one 75-(kv.a.) engine driven generator. The new Power Plant was built to replace the Gas and Boiler House (also known as the engine house) that was built in 1974. In 1909, a boiler was added and the general equipment increased with a purchase of a new 225-(kv.a.) engine-driven generator. This was sustainable for less than five years and, in 1912, another boiler was added to this plant. It became inadequate to meet the needs of the university and was replaced by the North Heating and Power Plant that was built in 1925.


Power Plant. Purdue Campus Facilities and Buildings Historic Database. Access September 16, 2019.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Purdue University Physical Plant records

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 61, Placement: 04
Identifier: UA 135
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Physical Plant records contain an engineering survey of the plant completed by C. Francis Harding and Gilbert A. Young in 1921, a guide to the services provided by the Physical Plant published in the 1970s, and an organizational chart from 1989.
Dates: 1921 - 1979

Purdue University Office of Publications negatives collection

 Unprocessed — Box: Communal Accessions 51
Identifier: 2022-107
Dates: circa 1900 - 1920