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New England's Gasholder Houses

Mary E. Pyne
IA. The Journal of the Society for Industrial Archeology
Vol. 15, No. 1 (1989), pp. 54-62
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40968163
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

The gasholder house is a rare kind of building constructed by gaslight companies and early mill owners to contain holding tanks for coal gas. Once commonplace in New England's cities (and presently used as the Society for Industrial Archeology's logo), these houses are now a vanishing species; obsolescence combined with the cost of upkeep has led to their destruction. A survey of the six New England states located 13 buildings in good condition (see table 1). Some of these are "newly discovered" ; others have appeared in earlier partial lists. The goals of the survey were to find the intact gasholder houses, to collect some preliminary data on each one, and to photograph as many as a limited budget would allow. Survey work will continue, to try to discover more buildings and add them to this list.

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