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Central Heating Plant

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Identification

Central Heating Plant
271546

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
brick
art deco

Usages

heat generation

Facts

  • The Central Heating Plant originally served to provide heat for 22 Federal Buildings in Central Washington.
  • The sleek art moderne design was heavily influenced by industrial design of the 1930s.
  • At the request of the Commission of Fine Arts, Paul Philippe Cret lowered the smokestacks and incorporated them into the building's design, thereby reducing its profile on the skyline.
  • Originally built to generate heat from coal, it has since been modified to run on coal, oil, or natural gas.
  • To this day, the building still generates heat for many Federal Buildings, sharing that responsbility with the West Heating Plant on 29th Street NW.

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Location

301 12th Street SW, 300 13th Street SW, 1201 D Street SW, 1200 C Street SW
325 13th Street SW
20024
Washington
District of Columbia
U.S.A.

Technical Data

83.25 ft
7
1
1933
1934
$5,749,000

Involved Companies

Paul Philippe Cret

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
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