Agreed on both accounts — I fear the black could be quite overbearing on the original building; nonetheless I'll reserve judgment until I see it in person. It'll be great to see the neighbouring building livened up a bit too. Right now its kind of a bunker.Not sure if I'm liking the dark accents on the upper addition -- I preferred the understated colors in the earlier rendering. But, that's pretty cool that the project is expanding beyond its original scope. I hope they can attract some good tenants!
I thought some might find this interesting. It's an article from the January 31, 1939 issue of the Journal describing the substation just after it opened. You gotta love the timely reference included in it for describing its equipment; “a room of hissing and humming, and lit by baleful bluish sparks like the quick-change chamber of the evil queen in “Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs”.”
And if we're going to start doing construction updates here's a semi-recent picture of it from a few weeks back;