Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital, Building No. 10, Southfield Expressway & Outer Drive, Allen Park, Wayne County, MI
Southfield Expressway & Outer Drive, Allen Park, MI
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS MI-427-E
Building/structure dates: 1938 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1996 subsequent work
Significance: Building 10, the Boiler House, was the first structure completed at the Allen Park Veterans Administration Hospital in 1938. Before the hospital could be opened, the complex first needed power and heat, which the Boiler House provided. Coal, the initial source of power for the hospital complex, was delivered via rail and was burned in the boilers to provide steam for the complex. A smokestack that was adjacent to the Boiler House no longer exists. While the Boiler House is constructed with a red brick facade, it does not exhibit the Georgian Revival details common to the other original buildings at Allen Park. The stripped-down appearance and oversize metal multi-pane windows are more in keeping with its function as an industrial building.
Heating Equipment Industry
U.S. Department Of Verterans Affairs
Baugnet, Andrew, Photographer
Scheerer, E. Madeleine, Historian
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
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