Seattle in King County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
1915 - 2004
Built in 1915, Crystal Pool showcased one of the most elaborate terra cotta facades in Seattle and a grand entry pergola dome. The ornate natatorium advertised "warm water ocean swimming." It was one of the most popular gathering spots in the city during the 1920s and 1930s and Seattle's primary aquatic center. To fill the pool, the city pumped salt water up the hill from Puget Sound. The entire roof above the pool was made of glass and considered a spectacular engineering feat for its day.
After the swimming pool closed the building was used as a boxing venue and an ice skating rink. In the 1940s it was purchased by Bethel Ministries and converted into a church. The original pergola dome was removed from the building in the early 1960s.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Sports.
Location. 47° 36.737′ N, 122° 20.588′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of Lenora Street and 2nd Avenue, on the left when traveling west on Lenora Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to The Public Market (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Speakeasy Café (approx. 0.2 miles away); “Great White Fleet” (approx. ¼ mile away); Bell Street Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Fire Bell No. 4 (approx. ¼ mile away); John Harte McGraw (approx. ¼ mile away); Bell Street Terminal, Pier 66 (approx. ¼ mile away); "This Market Is Yours" (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
Also see . . . Crystal Pool: A Unique Part Of Our Past (Seattle Times, Dec. 16, 1999). (Submitted on November 15, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.