The Marshall Field Estate Power House


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98 Elm Street Huntington, New York 11743

This estate, on Long Island's north shore, was once owned by the Marshall Field family of the famous department stores. The English style estate was completely self-sufficient, and included a dairy farm and its own power plant, built in 1934.

After getting permission from the Park Commission, I entered the double arched doors to see the sleeping giants, all in very good condition. The first engine is an Ingersoll Rand oil engine type P.O., 100 HP, direct-coupled to an I. R. 10' x 10' air compressor and belt driven water pump that supplied all the water for the estate. Of the three Fairbanks Morse engine-generator sets, the first has a single cylinder 50 HP engine direct-connected to an FM 40 KVA alternator. The second has a two cylinder 100 HP engine direct-connected to an FM 75 KVA alternator. The third used a 140 HP Fairbanks Morse 2-cylinder diesel model 32 D14, style DA, direct-connected to a FM 112.5 KVA alternator. At the far end of the power house is the air starting system, consisting of a 3 HP FM Z engine belted to an air compressor with an electric motor and compressor as an auxiliary system, pumping air to four 100 gallon storage tanks. All electrical switching gear was manufactured by Westinghouse.

The power house is in very good condition, having been recently repainted inside. I am happy to share this information with GEM readers. Even if the flywheels never turn again, the engines are safe at Caumsett State Park. Special thanks are extended to Park Superintendent Duke Rosenbauer for helping to make this visit possible.

The above article was previously printed in the October 1990 issue of the Stationary Engine Society Newsletter, and is reprinted here at the request of the author.