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Crystal Pool Facade Restoration

The Crystal Pool Facade is an example of restoration. Although the National Park Service was unable to restore the entire Crystal Pool, the facade and the adjacent First Aid building were restored during the early 2000s.
 
Crystal Pool entrance 1935

The Crystal Pool facade in 1935.

This first photograph shows the Crystal Pool just a few years after it was built. Built in 1931, the pool cost over $200,000 to build, was designed to accommodate 3,000 swimmers, and included high and low diving platforms, a large water slide, a refreshment stand, and locker rooms. The general swimming area also featured an electric water fountain with rainbow lighting at night, blue-white flood lights, and an elaborate filtration system that filtered the entire 500,000 gallons of pool water every eight hours. Adjoining the pool: a First Aid building and a more than 10,000 square foot sand beach.
 
Crystal Pool entrance gate 1940s

The Crystal Pool facade, c. 1940s. Note the First Aid building to the left of the facade.

This second photograph shows the pool's facade in the 1940's with a crowd of visitors in front of it. To the left of the facade you can see the First Aid building.
 
Crystal Pool facade 2006

The Crystal Pool facade in 2006 before restoration work began.

By 1968, the park had closed as an amusement park and the Crystal Pool was left empty and abandoned. Most of the pool complex had to be demolished in 1982 for safety. They left behind the facade and the First Aid building in hopes of a future restoration.
 
Crystal pool facade today_2011
This last photograph was taken in 2011 and shows the results of the incredible restoration work that was done to the Crystal Pool facade.