Brooklyn Powerhouse. An Architectural Contribution to the Cultural Ecology of the Gowanus District, NYC


The name Brooklyn Rapid Transit Powerhouse refers to a large coal-fired power station built at the end of the 19th century to generate electricity for Brooklyn’s streetcar system. Built as a steel skeleton construction typical of the time with a representative façade composed of red-brown brick, the building is situated on an extensive site along the branching Gowanus Canal, which until decommissioning was the supply route for the power plant’s coal and water.



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