Since I was in the area on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I thought I would check out the town of Chapleau, Ontario. I had never been here before and the opportunity presented itself.
Immediately as I was driving in, I spotted this tiny generating station beside the road and decided that I would stop for a look on the way out of town.
This was intended to allow TTC streetcars to run the length of Queen Street, but keep them underground, thereby reducing traffic. It was to run from Trinity Park in the west to Carlaw Avenue in the east.
Digging was already being done for the Queen Subway Station on the Yonge line, so it was decided to excavate the intended streetcar station at the same time.
Built in 1895, this structure was originally the pumping station for city water to the residents of Hintonburg. When that town was later annexed by Ottawa, it was converted to a residence and gatehouse for the Lemieux Island Filtration Plant which opened in 1932. Later designated a heritage property in 1987, sadly in 1989 the building burned.