The Cushman Substation at 3717 South 19th Street in was built in 1926 and has a Greek Revival with Doric columns architectural style. Apparently it was noisy in the beginning because the newspaper stated “Engineers succeed in silencing noise at city
substation”. The station served as terminus for the power generated at Cushman Lake hydroelectric power project.
The Fern Hill Substation is located in the 8300 block of Yakima Avenue in Tacoma. Puget Sound Energy states “To increase reliability for our customers and meet their growing demand for power in Pierce County, Puget Sound Energy is upgrading our existing low-voltage 55 kilovolt (kV) transmission lines to our now current standard of 115 kV. These projects will entail upgrading two substations and 12.5 miles of transmission line, and decommissioning our existing Fern Hill substation.” The timeline to decommission the substation is 2012-2013. I wonder what one does with property that had been occupied by a substation!
Today I took a quick stop at the Tacoma Central Police Substation, Sector One at 1524 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. What attracted me to the building was the stones in a metal cage art, of which there are at least three. I’m not finding information on them, though they seem to be designed to be educational. I did find this document about other art at local police stations.