The Market Street Power Plant, or to be exact, the New Orleans Public Service Incorporated Power Plant, is a massive brick building with two smokestacks that tower over the low houses of the New Orleans Garden District. Built in 1905 to serve a city growing in both population and industry, the power plant served for almost 70 years, until it was finally abandoned in 1973.
Right after entering the power plant
The first thing i found inside was troubling: the whole bottom floor area was strung up with lit up lamps, all of which looked new and maintained. Maybe this place isn’t as abandoned as you’d think.
Why is this here???
The power plant is huge, yet fairly easy to explore, as it is mostly made up of massive, breathtaking rooms.
Looking down into the plant’s main room
This is the largest room in the whole power plant, spanning from basement to roof, and jam packed with machines, dials, and pipes. One really does feel small standing here.
Main room from its middle floor
Dials and controls in the main room
Looking down to a pool of foul water at the bottom of the main room
After climbing multiple sets of treacherous stairs, some that showed evidence of previous collapse, i managed to reach the roof.
The roof here is directly over the main room. If it was to collapse, the fall would take you to the basement floor. Ouch.
The famous double smokestacks
The wind kept these two fans spinning as if they were still on
Coming down from the roof, i set out to explore the rest of the power plant. There are multiple other big, open rooms.
A big room on the upper floor
This room had multiple plastic kiddie pools in it. I have no idea why.
Another huge room, with windows easily recognizable form outside
From higher up
After going down a staircase in this room, i noticed a modern looking piece of technology that proudly claimed to be a motion activated camera. Uh oh! Time to beat a hasty retreat!
A cargo ship passes by on the Mississippi
Escape! The way to the door out
If you choose to explore the Market Street Power Station, know that there are motion cameras, brittle floors/stairs, barbed wire, and a host of other dangers, as well as that its not fully abandoned for whatever reason and there are lights still on. Explore at your own risk, but know its truly breathtaking on the inside.