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Wilmington YMCA

Renovated pool of the Wilmington YMCA

Wilmington, Delaware

The six story Spanish Colonial Revival style Wilmington (Central) YMCA already contained 140 units of affordable housing when a historic rehabilitation project added space and won national awards for the center. The $16.8 million renovation got help from a Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit. During the project, 40 more units were added and spaces that are typical to YMCA buildings, like the pool and gymnasium, were retained. The original auditorium with fluted wood pilasters and decorative molding was converted to a multipurpose conference area, and the former “boys’ division” that was originally designed to mimic a pirate ship was slightly altered to be a childcare center serving 100 children. This project won three awards from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, including a National Award of Excellence.

Photo: Renovated pool of the Wilmington YMCA
– NPS file

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