“They just don’t make ’em like that anymore.” That’s one expression that could have been coined just to express how awesome — in size, in design, in popularity — old-fashioned indoor swimming pools could be.
A hundred years ago, only the very wealthy had their own “bathing pools,” so pools open to the public in the pre-air-conditioning era were very popular. But it wasn’t just about cooling off. Swimming — especially when it came to the more expansive venues — was a hugely social activity. And, as you can see in these photos, while many people went in the water, many others were content to sit back and watch the action.
Below, take a look at 10 beautiful indoor swimming pools from days gone by!
1. Interior of the Plunge – Ocean Park, California (c1905)
2. Alcazar Hotel’s indoor swimming pool, St Augustine, Florida (c1905)