WBEZ | swimming pool http://www.wbez.org/tags/swimming-pool Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Delightfully modern swimming: Midcentury pool still makes a splash http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-04/delightfully-modern-swimming-midcentury-pool-still-makes-splash-98060 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P4072527.jpg" style="width: 468px; height: 349px;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">How did I miss this?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">For years I've traveled down Chicago Avenue and never noticed the supremely cool Ida Crown Natatorium at Eckhart Park--or even its twin in Harrison Park at 18th and Wood. But thanks to <a href="http://chicagomodern.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/concrete-waves-chicagos-twin-west-side-natatoria/">a great essay</a> on the two modernist Chicago Park District pool houses by Nate Lielasus on the <a href="http://chicagomodern.wordpress.com/"><em>C</em></a><em><a href="http://chicagomodern.wordpress.com/">hicago Modern: More than Mies</a></em><a href="http://chicagomodern.wordpress.com/"> </a>blog, my oversight has been corrected.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Built in 1961 for $625,00 at 1300 W. Chicago, the pool was named for the mother of Henry Crown, the Chicago industrialist whose empire included Material Service Corp., General Dynamics, a stake in the Empire State Building.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Here's another photo of the Crown pool. I'll make my way to Harrison Park soon.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P4072525.jpg" style="width: 582px; height: 432px;" title=""></div></div><p>The entire <em>Chicago Modern</em> blog is worthy reading. The blog--chock full of essays and photographs devoted to lesser-heralded modernist works and architects--is a joint effort by the Chicago office of the <a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/" title="National Trust for Historic Preservation">National Trust for Historic Preservation</a>, <a href="http://www.landmarks.org/" target="_blank" title="Landmarks Illinois">Landmarks Illinois</a>, <a href="http://www.preservationchicago.org/" target="_blank" title="Preservation Chicago">Preservation Chicago</a>, and <a href="http://www.docomomo-us.org/chapters/midwest" target="_blank" title="docomomo midwest">DoCoMoMo_Midwest</a>.</p></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:15:17 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-04/delightfully-modern-swimming-midcentury-pool-still-makes-splash-98060