Canadian Niagara Power Company

Introduction

The Canadian Niagara Power Company's landmark generating station in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is an impressive feat of engineering, architecture and landscape design.  It was the first hydroelectric generating station to be built on the Canadian side of the Niagara River.  Upon opening in 1905, the powerhouse boasted the largest generators of their kind in the world, with a capacity of 10,000 electrical horsepower each.   

Yet the building was not constructed with only functional considerations in mind.    Being located so close to the Horseshoe Falls, in the midst of Queen Victoria Park, it was imperative that the building complement its natural surroundings.  The considerable effort put into the design of the building, both inside and out, have made it a distinguished landmark.  Although the station stopped producing power in 2005, there are plans underway to  preserve the building and transform it into an attraction that  will celebrate its history.

 

A plan showing the general arrangement of shaft of 10,000 HP turbines,  Canadian Niagara Power Company, 1903