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June 13, 2006

Substations as houses

transformer house

The new issue of Cabinet Magazine is devoted to electricity (my second favorite utility-supplied substance (after water, but before natural gas, cable TV, and telephone)) and there's an interesting photo essay by Robin Collyer on Toronto's transformer houses.

Back in the 1950s and '60s the electric utility in Toronto built their substations so they would blend into the surrounding neighborhoods. No concrete block buildings with a chain-link fence around it...instead houses complete with windows, front doors, and landscaping. But no one inside, just lots of big-ass humming transformers.

You can see more photos on BLDGBLOG.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at June 13, 2006 09:47 AM

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