Fort Myers in Lee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Edison Pool Complex
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 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
“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!”
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. Touch for map. The marker is inside the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers FL 33901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edison Family Home Seminole Lodge (here, next to 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); Henry Ford (here, next to this marker); Henry Ford's Florida Estate (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.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.