Completed and opened in 1896 the Sutro Baths were the world's largest indoor swimming facilities. There were seven different swimming pools with six of the seven being salt water. An elaborate and expensive recycling and pump system would fill the baths directly from the Pacific Ocean it was built directly on.
Eventually the Sutro Baths became an ice skating rink until it burned down during demo in the later 1960's. I wonder what the facilities would be like today if they were still standing? I love that SF's mayor at the time - Adolph Sutro - had this vision which probably seemed so outlandish at the time, and made it happen.
a photo from 1943
in its final ice rink days
Today the former baths site is open to the public and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
my mom voguing
And here are a couple design related items I sourced in a pinch based on the beautiful, illustrated poster depicting the baths when they first opened:
1. industrial pendants made in the USA with white enamel shades
2. vintage inspired swim cap
3. large, arched mirror with antiqued mirror inset
4. framed, 1930's wool bathing suits
5. turquoise bistro bottles - set of 6
6. Grotto style shell-encrusted plaster urns on pedestals
7. scooped rattan vine chair
8. giant resin clam shell - love this look planted with succulents!
(background color = Benjamin Moore's "Green Essence" #853)
all present photos by janel holiday interior design. all other photos from the world wide web.
I'll leave you with this classic Esther William's trailer from "Million Dollar Mermaid":