This 55,000 square-foot power house once electrified, heated, and cooled the world headquarters of the Sears, Roebuck & Company on the west side of Chicago. A $31 million rehabilitation, stimulated by Preservation Tax Credits, converted this industrial structure into a new home for the Henry Ford Academy: Power House High, a renovation that enabled the school to expand enrollment to 460 students. In order to enhance classroom experiences that focus on the environment, architectural and engineering features of the original power plant have been kept in place while modern sustainable energy technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling systems and a wind turbine have been installed around them.
Photo: The former power house as the rehabilitation was being completed in 2009
– NPS file / Allen Johnson, MacRostie Historic Advisors