Celebrating 125 Years

Celebrating 125 Years

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ASHRAE was founded in 1894 as the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE). Ten years later the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) was organized in December 1904. Although there were many members who had membership to both societies and discussions about a merger; it wasn't until 1959 that there was a final agreement and the two organizations merged to form ASHRAE.

ASHVE was first talked of, at least with the idea of at once forming such society in the summer of 1894. It was thought that the time was ripe for a pure engineering society. Composed of the active workers in the field of heating and ventilating, meetings subjects most interesting to the engineer would be discussed. As the result of this interchange of ideas, it was decided to ask the opinions of fifty or seventy-five engineers known to be much interested in their chosen line of work, as to the advisability of forming such an organization.

So many favorable replies were received that invitations were sent out to about twenty-five persons in New York city to come together at the office of Heating and Ventilation, 146 World Building, New York, Thursday, August 2, 1894. The first regular meeting was called to order at the Broadway Central Hotel, New York, at 3 P. M., September 10, 1894. The first annual meeting of The American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers was held at No. 12 West 31st street, New York city, January 22, 23, and 24, 1895

ASHRAE Celebrates 125 Years

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pdf_icon.png ASHVE Organizational Meeting
Twenty-five inivitees met at the offices of Heating and Ventilation [magazine], 146 World Building, New York, Thursday, August 2, 1894. The first regular meeting was called to order at 3 P. M., September 10, 1894, at the Broadway Central Hotel, New York. Roll call found that 75 persons had become charter members. Read about that meeting in the Preface to the 1896 ASHVE Transactions.

pdf_icon.png ASHVE First Annual Meeting
Read the preface from the Transactions from the first annual meeting held January 22-24, 1895.

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Member Video Memories

Leading up to ASHRAE’s 125th Anniversary, ASHRAE recorded a series of interviews in which member leaders shared their thoughts on ASHRAE and the HVAC&R Industry over the years. Parts of these interviews were made into a composite video to debut at the Plenary session of the 2020 Winter Conference in Orlando. Enjoy viewing the individual interviews.

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125th Anniversary Logo Merchandise

ASHRAE 1894 Fleece Pullover

Celebrate 125 years of ASHRAE with this warm, fleece pullover


Gold-Etched Tumbler

Stylish 20 oz. white vacuum tumbler.