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Olive Switching Station
Alternative Title
Los Angeles County Building Survey Photo Collection;
Agee, Bill
Photographs taken for Historic American Buildings Survey or the Historic Landscapes Survey: documentation is on file
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Heritage Documentation Programs (U.S.).; Historic American Buildings Survey
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Located at 13355 San Fernando Road, the two-story Olive Switching Station was built between 1916 and 1917. It is the oldest such facility of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power. Built at the mid-point of the 115 kilovolt transmission line from the San Francisquito Power Plant No. 1 to the central receiving station in the city, the substation made it possible to divide the transmission line into sections to allow any single circuit requiring repair to be cut out without affecting service, thus providing reliable service of power to Los Angeles. The station has since been demolished.
View of the northeast side of the Olive Switching Station from the north side of San Fernando Road facing southwest.
1 photographic print :b&w ;10 x 13 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles County Building Survey Collection;
Olive Switching Station (Sylmar, Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Department of Water and Power
Electric substations--California--Sylmar (Los Angeles)
Energy facilities--California--Sylmar (Los Angeles)
Lost architecture--California--Sylmar (Los Angeles)
Electric lines--Poles and towers
Streets--California--Sylmar (Los Angeles)
San Fernando Road (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Sylmar (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Historic American Buildings Survey Collection photographs
Heritage Documentation Programs Collection photographs

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