The Columbus Municipal Light Plant was originally constructed in 1903 as an experimental facility to test the viability of electric power for street lighting. The original building experienced several expansions over the years to keep up with an increasing demand of community usage, and eventually became so profitable that the city was able to power civic buildings and streetlights without cost. Ultimately, the plant closed in 1977 when the city of Columbus decided to no longer produce their own power, buying their electric power elsewhere.
Randy Black, retired chief historic preservation officer, said of the building, “This building was so large, so unique and so important to the industrial history of the city. It tells the story of how electricity was delivered to the city.”
Today the plant is an office building, housing a dozen tenants, including the Columbus Crew and an auction house.
Acknowledgments: Connect Realty was the developer, Sandvick Architects did the main restoration, The Columbus Architectural Studio was the designer for The Crew Business Office, Matias Collective did the interior design, and Korda was the engineer.
October 26, 2023
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