Venice Power Plant, Half Gone

Update: The power plant was demolished by the end of 2012. See more photographs of the?later in the summer here, and photographs of its interior during demolition.

I’ve been fascinated by the demolition of the Venice Power Plant, which I’ve covered before in the past.

Unlike a lot of demolitions, which start with the clearing of the interior, the demolition here is proceeding from front to back, revealing the still intact interior spaces before they’re torn down.

I know nothing about power plants, other than they burn coal, creating steam that powers a generator; perhaps what those giant funnels do is pour coal down into the boilers.

There are four of them, and there were once four smokestacks, so I presume that is what they are.

There is a whole complex of other outbuildings, which I presume will be torn down as well.

If you or anyone you know worked in this plant, I would love to hear from you.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Shari says:

    My Grandpa worked there have a pick from December 31, 1954 of the whole group…

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      Shari, I would love to see that photograph! Please e-mail me at naffziger (at) gmail (dot) com.

  2. Patrick says:

    A little random, but I seem to have found some tongs in a toolbox I bought years ago that say:

    Good Health – Good luck – Good Cheer
    Venice Power Plant Employees
    Union Electric 1954

    and when I googled it brought me here to this article. Honestly I think they are just old salad tongs.

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