Power Plant renovated as Photography
commercial building at 226-30 North Second Street stands as a reminder
of the necessity of constructing owner supplied power sources, up to
the early 20th century, as was needed for production at
Philadelphia’s once famed Wilbur Chocolate Factory. This simple
brick power plant with its protruding smoke stack and its already
rehabilitated accompanying Chocolate Factory building can continue to
stand as a reminder of Old City’s once thriving commercial and
Since the Wilbur Chocolate Power Plant
building contributes to Old City’s once thriving commercial and
industrial past, the new owners of the Power Plant were able to
benefit from Historic Preservation Tax Credits.
Power Plant Productions hired Campbell Thomas & Co. as a
Preservation Consultant to assist with the Historic Preservation
The exterior of this three-story
brick1920’s industrial architecture power plant is a good example of
early 20th century industrial architecture. The interior is
open space with exposed steel columns. These columns are composed of individual members bolted
together. There is one
center wall running North/South up through the building that divides
the open space in half on each floor.
The original smokestack runs up from the basement through all
three floors on the east side of the center north/south-dividing wall.
The second floor and three fourths of the third floor retain
the original wide plank pine wood floors.
All remaining floors are concrete.