I thought this was very interesting:



Glenora Substation - Station 650

Not everyone was a fan of the new design. In May, 1957 the Mayor and City Council received a strongly worded letter from the Edmonton Property Owners’ Association, decrying the ...

a design choice that reflected its intended use as a show room for domestic appliances, as well as an electrical substation. While this dual use may seem strange today, at the time the City installed hundreds of electric stoves each year, and was often called when citizens had issues with their appliances.

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