Market Street Power Plant

Market Street Power Plant was built in 1905 and is located along the Mississippi River just upriver of the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans, Louisiana. The generating station supplied power for all of New Orleans by burning coal and using the waters of the Mississippi River for cooling. The plant last produced power in 1973.

Power Plant

Power Plant

Power Plant
The bottom floor of the power plant is flooded from the rising waters of the Mississippi River.
Power Plant
The control room is in a separate addition that was added in the 1920s.
Power Plant
Massive concrete pillars that supported heavy machinery are left behind.

Power PlantIn 1922, the New Orleans Public Service Incorporated (NOPSI) was founded. The NOPSI deemed all power to the city of New Orleans would be produced at the Market Street Power Plant.

Power Plant The five-story power plant has been abandoned for the last forty years. Today, it is often used as a filming location for movies and television shows. In 2007, Entergy New Orleans sold the power plant and surrounding property to Market Street Properties, LLC for $10 million.

Power Plant

Power Plant
The silhouette of downtown New Orleans from the rooftop.
Power Plant
A view of the five-story main room of the massive power plant.

In September 2015, the Market Street Power Plant was sold to real estate developer Joe Jaeger in foreclosure after the proposed development of a residential, retail, and entertainment center never materialized.

Power Plant Jaeger is currently focused on development of the nearby 47-acre Trade District, between the convention center and the power plant. He plans to later incorporate the power plant in to the Trade District development. Right now there is no clear start/stop date and no immediate plans for the Market Street Power Plant.

Power Plant
A view of the Crescent City Connection from the abandoned plant.

Power Plant

7 Replies to “Market Street Power Plant”

  1. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this
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  2. In NOLA for first time! at the Death museum dude told me about Power Plant…. Next day I was on a blue bike zipping around for miles before I found your post with the actual coordinates!!
    It made my trip. I ended up climbing to the very VERY top of the chimney.
    How tall is this bad boy?


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