Niagara Falls Original Turbines

Using this extremely fine wood model as part of its technical proposal, the Swiss firm Faesch & Piccard won the contract to design the original turbines for the Niagara Falls power station. The actual turbines were built by the I. P. Morris Company of Philadelphia and were installed in 1895, the year the Adams Station went on line. The hydroelectric power generation facility at Niagara Falls gained international acclaim for its ability to efficiently convert a portion of the Falls' awe-inspiring natural energy into electricity. This was the world's first large-scale central electric power station, demonstrating how falling water (or other power sources) could be used successfully to supply electricity over an extended geographical area.
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Object Name
turbine, hydraulic, model
date made
Physical Description
metal (material)
wood (material)
place made
United States: New York
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Energy & Power
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Industry & Manufacturing
Natural Resources
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Lighting A Revolution
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation

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