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Crystal Pool

1915 - 2004

 
 
Crystal Pool Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
1. Crystal Pool Marker
Inscription. The Cristalla site is the original home of the Crystal Pool Natatorium. Known as Crystal Pool, the building was commissioned in 1913 by Seattle dignitary C. D. Stimson and designed by architect Marcus Priteca, a prominent West Coast designer famed for designing the Coliseum, Paramount, Orpheum and Pantages theatres.

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.

Cristalla 2005-Present

At the turn of the twentieth century Cristalla LLC purchased the site from the Bethel Ministries and built Cristalla. The new residential tower, completed in 2005, honors the history of the Crystal
Crystal Pool Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
2. Crystal Pool Marker - Wide View
The marker is visible on the left side of the picture, with the building facade visible to the right of the marker.
Pool by restoring the Italian Renaissance façade and rebuilding a steel and glass pergola dome that mirrors the original.
 
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.
 
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 . . .
1. Bethel Temple (Crystal Pool) {Puget Sound Theatre Organ Society}. Provides a history and numerous photographs of the Crystal Pool facility: According to historian Larry Kreisman: ... The Crystal became one of the most popular recreation spots in the city. The swimming pool was spanned by enormous arched steel trusses
Crystal Pool Marker - Wider View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 24, 2016
3. Crystal Pool Marker - Wider View
supporting a glass roof. Surrounding the pool were tiers of seats for as many as 1,500 spectators. Salt water for the pool was piped from Elliott Bay and heated, filtered and chlorinated. Enormous iron boilers located in the building's basement heated the water. The principal exterior change has been replacement of the entrance pavilion. Modifications have been made to the interior for an assembly space but the building still has the pool's tile edging and its bleachers....
(Submitted on November 15, 2016.) 

2. Crystal Pool: A Unique Part Of Our Past (Seattle Times, Dec. 16, 1999). (Submitted on November 15, 2016.)
 
Categories. EntertainmentSports
 
Crystal Pool Marker - Closeup of Inset Marker Photo image. Click for full size.
4. Crystal Pool Marker - Closeup of Inset Marker Photo
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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