On Sunday a few of us met up with a guide who was going to show us around the old McMillan San Filtration site in DC. In 2012 public tours were ceased after 20 years of running successfully and safely. The area is now in serious danger of being razed to the ground to build condominiums. But there are still many people who want to preserve the site, and return it to the park it once was, while creating an artistic use for the buildings and chambers below ground.
The plant was built in 1905 on a 25 acre site, the first large scale water purification facility in DC. A large reservoir was surrounded by parkland and the public enjoyed the paths and landscaping until WWII when the park was shut forever to the public. The plant continued operating until 1986 and has remained unused since then. Friends of McMillan Park are a group dedicated to preserving and restoring the site and it was one of their members that took us here on Sunday. Their website with photos and a full history is here.
A great video about the plant's destiny is here.
Here are some clips of local residents.
Interesting article, click here.