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Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Electrical Distribution Centers, Railroad Avenue near Eighteenth Street, Vallejo, Solano County, CA



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Location
Railroad Avenue near Eighteenth Street, Vallejo, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-1543-CV
Building/structure dates: 1941 initial construction
National Register Number: 96001058
Significance: Buildings 734 & 736, built in 1941, are considered significant for their association with U.S. Naval history and the Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY), the first naval installation on the west coast. Portions of MINSY comprise a National Historic Landmark. These buildings are outside the landmark, but within the Mare Island Historic District, and constitute contributing elements of the successful base operations at Mare Island. They are representative examples of electric distribution center design, construction methods and materials used on the Finger Piers at Mare Island during WWII, and are two of three similar electrical distribution buildings constructed in the same year. Furthermore, the addition of the Finger Piers with their updated servicing facilities, allowed the naval shipyard to berth and service 100 ships at one time.

Subjects
War (World War II)
Electrical Substations
Naval Yards & Naval Stations


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Building 734, on Pier 22, southwest front and southeast side, view to northeast
Building 734, northeast rear and northwest side, looking side
Building 736, Pier 23, southwest front and southeast side, oblique view to north
Building 736, first floor interior at southwest front, view of bathroom with original windows, looking to northeast
Building 736, another view of the two level ground floor bathroom, looking southwest towards the front
Transformers on the second floor on Building 736, view to northeast
Building 736, second floor, view to southwest showing original window on the left, and electrical controls and entry ladder on the right


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