Recently reader Mike C. emailed me with the question, "What is that beige windowless building at the corner of Fenton and Cameron Ave?"
My answer? Dammed if I know. To be honest, the building at 8709 Cameron Street (across from the secret movie theater) is so nondescript I must have passed by it hundreds of times without giving it a second thought.
Turns out this structure belongs to everyone's favorite utility, Pepco, and houses our local electrical substation. These substations are essential for ensuring your power will fail as a result of the slightest of breezes or smallest of snowflakes.
A photograph taken with my personal spy satellite reveals large skylights on the roof through which some sort of electrical equipment can be seen.
Unlike this Pepco substation on 8th street in the District, where the facades of old buildings were utilized as camouflage, our substation is hiding in plain sight.
|Photo by Flickr user StreetsofWashington|
Interesting bit of history: in the olden days, local substations were frequently disguised as houses.
I would have preferred a more interesting answer, like it was a local office for the Men in Black or something, but I still choose to think of this building as where the Transformers live, because that is true (in a way).