Adams Power Plant Transformer House


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Adams Power Plant Transformer House
Adams Power Plant Transformer House Complex, 1941
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The existing building is the nearest one, the other two have been demolished.

Photo credit: Library of Congress
More photos at this HABS Survey.


1501 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls NY 14303
SBL Number: 159.14-2-2.2
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Peter Fontanarosa

Physical Description

  • Gray limestone power transformer building.
  • 1 1/2 stories high; 11,000 square feet in area.
  • Some Richardson Romanesque components.

Current Condition

  • In use by its owner, local contractor Peter Fontanarosa.


  • The Adams Power Plant was designed by McKim, Mead, and White.
  • Built in 1895.
  • First production of power in August, 1895.
  • Second enterprise to provide electricity to Niagara Falls.
  • First transmission of power to Buffalo occurred November 15, 1896.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • Niagara Gazette, July 2014: "Friends of Tesla’s Transformer House has started a campaign to revive efforts to convert the 119-year-old structure into a space honoring Nikola Tesla, the man behind the advent of alternating current — the form of electricity that became the world’s standard, preferred for its ability to travel long distances without shedding much power along the way — and Niagara Falls’ importance in the development of hydropower."

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Added 2014-08-01 • Last changed 2016-12-23