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its buildings had been purchased by GE
and demolished to make room for the
construction of new studios for WGY, the
pioneering GE radio station.
An interesting aspect of the early presence of Westinghouse in Schenectady is
that a power house known as the Westinghouse Illuminating Company was constructed a short distance to the east of the
factory in 1888. This was located on Dock
Street, which ran along the bank of the
Erie Canal. In the 1920s, the Erie Canal
was filled in, and along with Dock Street,
it became the present-day wide thoroughfare named Erie Boulevard. In 1890, it was
reported that this power house included ac
arc light generators to supply street lighting in Schenectady. By 1894, there were a
total of six steam engines, totaling 620 hp,
driving various types of generators.
In 1898, the power house building was
purchased by GE, and, by the 1920s, it
had been designated as Building 31 of the
GE Works, housing engineering laboratories. The building, renovated into offices,
still stands today along Erie Boulevard.

figure 2. The exterior of the Building 61 power house, circa 1905 (photo courtesy of
the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) Archives, Schenectady, New York).

Mechanicville
In a 1918 AIEE Transactions article,
"The Technical Story of the Frequencies," Benjamin G. Lamme of the Westinghouse Electric Company stated:

A brief attempt was made at a
somewhat later period to place
40 cycles [Hz] upon the market as a
substitute for both 25 and 60 cycles.
This was done under the impression

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