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Sign: Tel Aviv - Heritage Sites in Israel - Reading A Power Station

HaTayelet 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל המועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל
סמל חברת החשמל
סמל משרד התרבות והספורט
סמל העיר תל אביב

תחנת-הכוח רדינג א’
באתר הזה הוקמה תחנת הכוח השנייה שהונעה בקיטור בארץ ישראל. התחנה הוקמה על ידי פנחס רוטנברג, מייסד חברת החשמל.
תחנת הכוח רדינג א’, נקראה על שמו של יושב ראש מועצת המנהלים השני של חברת החשמל, הלורד דניאל רופוס רדינג. התחנה החלה לייצר חשמל כבר ב-1938 והבטיחה את אספקת החשמל הסדירה ליישובים במרכז הארץ ובדרומה, בתקופת המרד הערבי.
האתר שימש גם כבית מלאכה וכמאגר לנשק של ה"הגנה" שהוסתרו מעיניהם של הבריטים.
ב-1953 נוספה באתר תחנת הכוח רדינג ב’ וב-1970 החלה לפעול גם רדינג ד’,
ב-1995 החליטה חברת החשמל לשמר את מבנה רדינג א’, שהוא אחד המבנים החשובים ביותר בתולדות האדריכלות המודרנית בארץ ישראל.
ב-1997 העניקה ה"מועצה לשימור אתרי מורשת בישראל" תעודת הוקרה לחברת החשמל על פעילותה לשימור מבני תחנות כוח בארץ, בכללן רדינג א’. התעודה הוענקה לה על ידי נשיא המדינה, עזר וייצמן.
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The sign is rectangular but its head is designed according to the silhouette of the old building of the Gymnasia Herzliya, which serves as a logo of the Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel

The power plant was photographed that day Click for a larger image Click for a larger image

The chimney of the power station is a hallmark of Tel Aviv and stands out in its skyline, as can be seen in the photo taken that day, a distance of about 2 km from the power station Click for a larger image

The site also contains a sign belonging to the signs commemorating the underground in Tel Aviv Click for sign's details

Translation of the text on the sign:
Symbol of the Council for the Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites
The emblem of the Israel Electric Corporation
Ministry of Culture and Sport symbol
The symbol of the city of Tel Aviv

Reading A Power Station
At this site, the second steam-powered power plant was established in Eretz Israel. The station was established by Pinchas Rotenberg, the founder of the Electric Company.
The Reading A power plant was named after the second chairman of the IEC board, Lord Daniel Rufus Reading. The station began generating electricity as early as 1938 and ensured the regular supply of electricity to localities in the center and south of the country, during the Arab Revolt.
The site also served as a workshop and reservoir for the "Haganah" weapons hidden from the eyes of the British.
n 1953, the Reading B power plant was added to the site, and in 1970, Reading D also began operating.
In 1995, the IEC decided to preserve the Reading A building, which is one of the most important buildings in the history of modern architecture in the Land of Israel.
In 1997, the "Council for the Preservation of Heritage Sites in Israel" awarded a certificate of appreciation to the IEC for its activities for the preservation of power plant buildings in the country, including Reading A. The certificate was awarded to her by President Ezer Weizman.

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