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Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Edison Pool Complex

 
 
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Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
1. Edison Pool Complex Marker
Inscription.  
“Madeleine, Marie, Theodore and the two maids have gone bathing in the hotel pool—so everybody is happy," wrote Mina to family, April 7, 1909.

By the 1911 winter season the family and staff no longer had to travel downtown to the Royal Palm Hotel pool. Edison had a bathing pool built right on his own Estate.

The pool was constructed by W.R. Wallace and Company of Fort Myers. The work included the floor and walls made of concrete, re-enforced throughout with woven wires or expanded metal, corners for 10 feet reinforced with ½ inch twisted iron bar, and the side and bottom made continuous by interweaving of the metal. Initially it included stone steps leading to the pool, a plank walk around the interior of the pool, a board fence, and dressing rooms located on the southeast corner. The final cost for the project was about $1,000.

The swimming pool underwent major changes in 1928 to meet more modern needs. The remodeling plan was designed by the local architect Nat Gaillard Walker. Concrete walks around the pool, pipe framing for the railing fence and pavilion, a tea house, fountain and
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a bath house with showers were added. All features were attached to make one combined entertainment area.

The pool complex remained a favorite spot for the Edison family as Madeleine relates in a letter to her mother March 10, 1947:

“We did enjoy the lazy days at Fort Myers—I couldn’t have borne it not to see the place again as it always was—and I’m glad it was warm enough for a farewell swim in the pool!”
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is April 7, 1909.
 
Location. 26° 38.067′ N, 81° 52.804′ W. Marker is in Fort Myers, Florida, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from McGregor Boulevard south of Larchmont Avenue, on the right when traveling south. The marker is inside the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edison Estate Restoration and Rebirth (here, next to this marker); Orchid Lane and Friendship Walk (here, next to this marker); Clara Ford’s Michigan Rose Garden (here, next to this marker); Edison’s “Florida Paradise” (here, next to this marker); Inside the Ford Home (here, next to this marker);
Edison Pool Complex image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
2. Edison Pool Complex
Henry Ford (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford's Florida Estate (here, next to this marker); Edison Caretaker’s House (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myers.
 
Also see . . .  Edison & Ford Winter Estates. (Submitted on November 6, 2015.)
 
Edison Pool Complex image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
3. Edison Pool Complex
Edison Pool Complex image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, October 10, 2015
4. Edison Pool Complex
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2015, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2015, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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