Queen City Pool
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March 20th, 2008 – by: o_dog
Queen City Pool
Queen City and Jack Warner Parkway
I found something really interesting in my own neighborhood today. A place that I have never explored before, but traveled past many, many times. I mean, I knew it was there, but I had no idea that the place held such an interesting history.
From outside it looked like an abandoned building that did not resemble an apartment building or a big house. It just looked like a shabby, rundown oval building. Besides, it was sort of hidden by the shrubbery and trees so much that nobody seemed to care to notice. Even more, it was located on a very busy highway, Jack Warner Parkway, where vehicles passed around at minimum 50 mph. Any driver including me would not notice. I myself thought it was a neglected area.
But when I looked at a historic plate sign posted at the Tuscaloosa Public Library, it dawned on me that it must be a historic site.
On approaching the place, I took pictures of the front part of the building. I assumed it used to be the entrance to the field and a small landing for tickets. The area was surrounded by shrubbery and untended grass. The entrance was dilapidated, rusty, and just plain nasty looking.
Then I walked around to the left side and entered the supposedly “field.” Inside there was a long narrow field with bleacher stands on the opposite side of the field. There was nothing but grass and shabby wooden seating. The back of the building looking to the field had these small outlets which I could imagine that they might have been food or drink stands.
Then I found something that was just fascinating. On the left side of the field, there was a beautiful fountain structure.
***Out of my own curiosity I did some research about it -- it wasn't a softball field, it was a pool. That grassy field is a drained pool now covered with top soil. How amazing is that!
As quoted from "Historic Tuscaloosa": "Designed by architect Don Buel Schuler a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and built with WPA money, the pool was one of the finest in the state. The poured concrete bathhouse features a unique design of intersecting circles and arcs. The wading pool contains a delightful art deco fountain. Closed since the 1980s, the City of Tuscaloosa is developing plans for its restoration" (http://www.historictuscaloosa.org/endanger.html#e1).
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