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The Market Street Power Plant – A New Orleans Jewel

Market Street Power Plant

New Orleans is a city full of music, history, and stunning historical buildings. I recently traveled to New Orleans for the annual Dad 2.0 Summit blogging conference, and as part of the schedule, a group of us dads were taken to the Market Street Power Plant. Why, you may ask?

Well, one of the conference sponsors, Best Buy, arranged to use the Market Street Power Plant as a backdrop to feature some cool drones that us dads could test fly. Representatives of the facility were also on hand to escort us throughout the power plant for an awesome tour and photo opportunities.

The tour was just as entertaining as the drones!

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The Market Street Power Plant was built in 1905 and last produced power in 1973 when it was part of New Orleans Public Service, Inc. It has changed hands a few times in the decades since, and is currently owned by developer Joe Jaeger.

Even though the building is but a shadow of its former days in service, one can’t help feel a sense of awe while walking through the plant. This place is a steampunk enthusiast’s dream, as it features true industrial grit in all its glory.

Hollywood has even come knocking throughout the years, as scenes from such movies as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Oblivion were filmed at the power plant.

The building has mostly been stripped of anything considered valuable, but many industrial relics of the past remain, such as monster cranes and large hallways and rooms full of electrical gauges.

Over the decades, The Market Street Power Plant has been used as a haven for the homeless, looters, and vandals. Graffiti abounds throughout the facility, though honestly some of it adds quite a colorful, artistic touch to an otherwise cold, raw structure.

We were only allowed to tour a small portion of the plant, as much of the building is full of dangerous walkways, catwalks, and in all likelihood, hidden tenants. Even so, what I saw filled my imagination for years to come. I’m sure the plant is closed to the public, and I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to experience this historical jewel for myself!

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