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Summer is Here and the Maplewood Pool is Open for Business

Since 1938 the Maplewood Pool has provided cooling relief for many generations of Maplewoodians. The original pool building is a stunning architectural attraction much loved by residents.

The Maplewood Pool Building at 7550 Lohmeyer was constructed from 1936 to 1938. It was renovated to house the Maplewood Library after the aging pool was replaced with a modern aquatic center and it was no longer needed as a bathhouse.

This beautiful building is an architectural companion to the next door. It is a stone Art Deco building constructed by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). This is unusual according to the St. Louis County historian, Esley Hamilton. He says a building like this was more likely to have been built by the PWA (Public Works Administration), as was the High School.

The lower level originally housed the changing rooms and showers, with men on the west and women on the east. The upper level once had a very interesting and unique feature. The windows on the southern side could be removed in the warm weather and the building could function as a pavilion.

The stone fireplace that no doubt roasted many marshmallows is now the prominent feature of the library’s reading room.  

Additionally, the building is bracketed on both ends by gracefully curving stone staircases. The eastern one is absolute poetry in stone. On site, as well, is a stone backdrop that once arced around the kiddy pool and was like a headboard to the original pool.  This architectural ensemble contains stonework of a very high order.

The dynamic duo of the High School and the Pool/Library building look magnificent when viewed from Historic Route 66. Be sure to visit the to see firsthand this marvelous example of adaptive reuse.

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Pat Maloney (Wilken) May 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Wonderful pictures.....Mr. Wind lived next door to my in-laws, on Gayola, for many years. Didn't know he had such great old pictures. I enjoy a lot of the going back, because I am not young anymore, and I remember a lot of the times we are looking back at.....lol. I remember in the 50's we had the big polio epidemic, and we were not allowed to go to the pool. Thank you Mr. Houser for the pictures, and the memories.
Doug Miner May 29, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Thanks, Doug, for the great blog and photos. I love that you call MRH High School and the Pool/Library the dynamic duo.
Lynn Hollis May 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Great pictures Sir! Thanks for the memories.

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