Sunday, September 28, 2014
ICE AND POWER
Artistic detail of old brickwork on the historic H. W. Einhard Ice and Power Plant. Built in 1906 -- before refrigerators! Being an ice and power plant meant probably ice was stored in the facility. As far as "power," I imagine it was limited to essential commercial buildings as by 1925 only half of the homes in the U.S. had electrical power to light there lamps. Does anyone out there know how this plant functioned?
Very few folks today remember the delivery of ice to their homes for their ice box, which was an early form of refrigerators.
I could tell a lot of history resided in this building but could not find any that related to the Einhard building online.
The photo above is from the front facade's upper story. Building is still standing and has new tenants in downtown Portland, Oregon.