Waverly Municipal Hydroelectric Powerhouse

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Waverly Municipal Hydroelectric Powerhouse
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Location 121 1st Street, NE
Waverly, Iowa
Coordinates 42°43′35.6″N92°28′11.6″W / 42.726556°N 92.469889°W / 42.726556; -92.469889 Coordinates: 42°43′35.6″N92°28′11.6″W / 42.726556°N 92.469889°W / 42.726556; -92.469889
Area less than one acre
Built 1909
Architect John G. Ralston
Fargo Engineering Company
Architectural style Classical Revival
Part of Waverly East Bremer Avenue Commercial Historic District (#14000174)
NRHP reference # 13000923 [1]
Added to NRHP December 18, 2013

Waverly Municipal Hydroelectric Powerhouse is a historic building located in Waverly, Iowa, United States. Mills were established on both sides of the Cedar River from the earlist years of Waverly, and they created the dam across the river. [2] The towns first electric plant was privately owned and was established in the 1880s. The city bought the water rights and the dam in 1890, a new privately operated power plant went into operation in 1896. In 1908 the power plant was destroyed in an explosion and fire. Waterloo, Iowa architect John G. Ralston in collaboration with the Fargo Engineering Company of Jackson, Michigan designed the new facility that was completed the following year. A large wing that housed three diesel electric generating units, and an office addition were completed in 1938. The red brick facility features Neoclassical details, and is located on the east bank of the Cedar River. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. [1] It was included as a contributing property in the Waverly East Bremer Avenue Commercial Historic District in 2014. [3]

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