Commonwealth Electric Company, Fisk Street Electrical Generating Station, 1111 West Cermak Avenue, Chicago, Cook County, IL
Significance: The original Fisk Street powerhouse, built in 1903, contained the world's most powerful Curtis steam-turbine generator. Manufactured by General Electric, this vertical steam-turbine generator produced 5,000 kilowatts of electricity. The steam-turbine unit soon became the standard of the industry, replacing the reciprocating steam-engine driven generators. The 5,000 kw Curtis turbine-generator was removed from the Fisk Street powerhouse and now resides at the General Electric headquarters in Schenectady, New York. This unit was designated a national engineering landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1975.
Survey number: HAER IL-105