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Rock Island Arsenal, Building No. 160, Sylvan Drive, Rock Island, Rock Island County, IL



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Item Title


Location
Sylvan Drive, Rock Island, IL

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER IL-20-CC
Building/structure dates: 1901 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1903 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1919 subsequent work
National Register Number: 69000057
Significance: Replacing a waterpower telodynamic system on the same site, the hydroelectric Powerhouse was completed in 1901 to meet the increased power demands of a small arms plant established at the arsenal at the turn of the century. The building was expanded in 1903, and again in 1919. It is still in service, using machinery installed in 1919. Part of the Rock Island Arsenal National Register Historic District, the Powerhouse has long played a key role in the arsenal's manufacturing program.

Subjects
Armies
War (World War I)
War (World War II)


Related Names
Central Engineering Company Of Davenport


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Overall view; looking NE. (Harms)
2. Overall view; looking SW. (Harms)
3. 3/4 view of W block; looking SE. (Harms)
4. Detail view of central block and dam; looking HE. (Harms)
5. Detail view of E block; looking E. (Ceronie)
6. Detail view of water outlets, central block; looking NE. (Ceronie)
7. General view, E block; looking SE. (Ceronie)
8. Detail view of Westinghouse generator (c. 1917) E block; looking SE. (Harms)
9. General view of basement at junction of central and E blocks showing E concrete piers and beams; looking SW. (Ceronie)
10. Detail view of dedication plaque, at intersection of E and central blocks; looking W. (Ceronie)
11. General view of E section of central block; looking W from the NE corner. (Ceronie)
12. General view of central block, showing electrical generating equipment; looking E. (Ceronie)
13. Detail view of original door and paneling, central block; looking E. (Ceronie)
14. Detail view of central block window; looking N. (Ceronie)
15. Detail view of diesel generator, W block; looking SW. (Ceronie)
16. Detail view of basement staircase, W block; looking S. (Ceronie and Harms)
17. Detail view of dedication plaque, W block; looking E. (Harms
18. Detail view of original door, W block; looking N. (Ceronie and Ryan)
19. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. WEST AND SOUTH ELEVATIONS BEFORE 1903 ADDITION TO EAST ELEVATION. UNDATED.
20. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. NORTH (ABOVE) AND SOUTH (BELOW) ELEVATIONS AFTER CONSTRUCTION OF 1903 ADDITION TO EAST ELEVATION. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1905.
21. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. ORIGINAL HORIZONTAL SHAFTING OF GENERAL ELECTRIC GENERATORS. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1905.
22. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. WEST AND SOUTH ELEVATIONS (FOREGROUND) OF 1919 ADDITION DURING FINAL STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION. DATED FEBRUARY 19, 1919.
23. Photograph of a photograph in possession of Rock Island Arsenal Historical Office. VERTICAL WESTINGHOUSE GENERATORS IN 1919 ADDITION. DATED FEBRUARY 19, 1919.
24. Photograph of line drawing in possession of Engineering Plans and Services Division, Rock Island Arsenal. ELEVATION, PLAN, AND SECTION, 1900.


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