Layout of the Municipal Gasworks in Paczków

Category Plans and charts

Year of manufacture/creation 1950s

Place of manufacture/creation Paczków, Poland

Size Height: 54 cm
Width: 42.5 cm

Material tracing paper

Museum/Storage location Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Date of admission to the museum 1991

Rights to the exhibit Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Rights to digital images public domain


Exhibit description

The layout drawing of the Gasworks in Paczków, made on tracing paper, comes from the 1950s. Today the former gasworks houses the Gas Industry Museum. The gasworks site has undergone many changes over more than half a century; for example, in the 1950s, there was still the main gas holder with a capacity of 800 m³. The holder was dismantled in the 1980s, and now there is the museum's conference room in its place. However, a second, slightly smaller tank has survived, which now houses an exhibit collection of gas meters. Another interesting fact is that there were three furnaces for producing gas in those days. These were models with a smaller number of retorts. In later years they were rebuilt, and finally in 1977, when the gasworks was closed, the same hall space was occupied by only two, but larger, furnaces. At the time when the layout was drawn up, the gasworks was administered by the municipal company in Paczków. Interestingly, one of the consequences of this legal situation was the interchangeability of employees: people employed at the municipal waterworks and gasworks often swapped duties.

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