The Seaholm Power Plant features art deco style common with other municipal waterworks and powerhouses in the 1930s - 1950s. Seaholm is quite unique in its solid concrete construction, as virtually all power plants at the time were constructed of steel and brick. The exterior walls of Seaholm have a scored pattern of 4' x 4' panels and retain the imprint of wood grain from the plywood form work. The architectural design is also unique for it shows thoughtful consideration to the detailing and proportioning of the elevations.
The generator building contained five gas/oil generation units in a towering turbine room with clerestory windows above flanking aisles, and a 65-foot-high ceiling. Two lower floors contain an additional 75,000 square feet. In all, the building has more than 110,000 square feet of useable floor area. The complex also contains an electric utility substation, transmission and distribution facilities, and a utility microwave communications center.
The plant was dedicated posthumously in 1960 to Walter E. Seaholm, who served as Superintendent of Water and Light and City Manager during his 33-year career with the City of Austin.
|From Arguendo & Dixi's Daily Austin Photo|