The Steam Plant, possibly the least well-known and photographically documented building out of the original six that are still standing, is also one of the most intriguing. Built in 1914, this essential building provided high temperature water to other buildings around campus until it converted to the steam system in the 1950s. Work began on the Steam Plant on January 2, 1914, and the building was finished in August of that year. The fixtures were installed by W.B. Catlett Electric Company, and the plumbing by C. Manning Plumbing Company.
Interesting Fact: If you look closely at the very top of the smoke stack, you can see stone blocks with intricate, carved figures similar to those on other buildings, like Ryland and North Court.
Ralph Adams Cram, the University of Richmond, and the Gothic Style Today by Edwin J. Slipek, Jr., p. 30
Reports from the Committee on New Buildings, 1914 (VBHS)