The pool has provided a place for community members to cool off for 75 years.
“Magical” is how Kenny Rotner, a Durham, N.H. resident for 27 years, describes the outdoor pool at the University of New Hampshire. Built in 1938 by Civilian Conservation Corps workers and funded by the WPA, the roughly 44,000-square-foot body of water is one of the oldest public pools in the nation. With a floor of quarried local granite flecked with green and silver, the space has served as a one-of-a-kind spot for swimming lessons, socializing and summer fun for generations.
Recent concerns about whether the pool adheres to modern safety standards, however, have caused the University of New Hampshire to announce possible plans to dismantle it, pitting preservationists and community members against the UNH administration.... Read More →
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Katherine Flynn is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.