Queen City Pool and Pool House

Also known as: Queen City Pool
Jct. of Queen City Ave. and Riverside Dr., Tuscaloosa, Alabama

A historic bathhouse and swimming pool located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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Queen City Pool and Pool House

Photo taken by WillyT

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Description 

The Queen City Pool and Pool House, also known as the Queen City Pool, is a historic bathhouse and swimming pool located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The bathhouse and pool were added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 9, 1992, due to its architectural and historical significance.

History

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice Don Buel Schuyler, the Queen City Pool served the citizens of Tuscaloosa from 1943 through it closure in 1989. It was constructed as a Civil Works Administration/Works Project Administration relief project of the Great Depression. The site features a poured concrete bathhouse, a wading pool and an art deco fountain. The former swimming pool was filled in with dirt in June 2005.

In May 2005, it was announced that the bathhouse would be converted into a transportation museum. This became possible after the Alabama Department of Transportation awarded the city a grant to convert the facility into a museum illustrating the history of transportation in Tuscaloosa. The financing for the project comes from a $1.94 million federal award that requires a 20 percent match by the city, or $260,000. The renovation designs for the facility have been completed by the Eclectic Group, Inc. of Huntsville and Ward Scott Veron Architects of Tuscaloosa.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 10, 1992
Reference number
92001088
Architectural styles
Modern Movement: Moderne; Modern Movement: Art Deco; Other architectural type; WPA
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic function
Sport facility
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1943
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 4
Contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2012: New photos from WillyT
  • May 27, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description

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