Glen Echo in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Glen Echo Park’s Crystal Pool
The Beginning of the Crystal Pool. The Crystal Pool was designed by Alexander, Becker and Schoeppe of Philadelphia, also the architects of the Spanish Ballroom, and construction on it was started on February 21, 1931 by Skinker and Garrett. The pool held 1.5 million gallons of water and could accomodate 3,000 swimmers. At the entrance, a fee of 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children (in later years 80 cents and 30 cents respectively) was exchanged for a locker key and a towel. Upstairs, in what is now a grassy field, they swam in four sections—the diving area, with high and low diving boards, was closest to the entrance, then the deep area, the general swimming area, and the wading pool off to one side. A 10,000 square foot sand beach next to the ballroom provided a place for swimmers to relax and sunbathe. Complete
The Location of the Crystal Pool. Today, all that remains of the Crystal Pool is the front entrance and scattered ruins. The Crystal Pool sign, where you are now standing, marks the entrance to the pool. Through these doors, guests paid their entrance fee before making their way to the locker room building to the right. The Crystal Pool itself was above the entrance; if you were to walk through the doors now, you would actually be below pool level. The pool was one level higher. If you walk uphill to your left, and stand on the field adjacent to the playground, you would be standing in what was the main pool.
Crystal Pool Memories. Throughout its many years, the crystal pool attracted countless visitors to the park, and became the background for many fond memories. Thousands of people swam in the Crystal Pool daily and lazed the day away on its beach. Many people in the Washington area still remember cooling
The Demise of the Crystal Pool. Like all trolley park pools, the Crystal Pool eventually saw the end of its days. After the amusement park closed in 1968, the pool was drained and some of its buildings were used as a sculpture studio. By March 1982, however, the locker rooms and observation platforms were deemed structurally unsound and the pool was demolished. The Crystal Pool remains only a distant memory of times gone by.
Erected 2006 by Jessie S. Felling, Volunteer, National Park Service, in May.
Location. 38° 57.983′ N, 77° 8.359′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Macarthur Boulevard ¼ mile from Goldsboro Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Changing Face of Glen Echo (here, The Roller Coasters of Glen Echo Amusement Park (a few steps from this marker); 1921 (a few steps from this marker); The Glen Echo Park Yurts (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo From Past to Present (within shouting distance of this marker); c. 1931 (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named 1921 (within shouting distance of this marker); Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hall of Philosophy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); c. 1926 (about 300 feet away); Trolley Parks In America (about 400 feet away); Glen Echo’s Art Deco Arcade (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
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