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  • Sutro Baths, Part 1--History Of The Baths
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  • Sutro Baths, Part 1--History Of The Baths
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  • Sutro Baths, Part 1--History Of The Baths
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  • Sutro Baths, Part 1--History Of The Baths
      Sutro Baths
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  • Sutro Baths, Part 1--History Of The Baths
 

The crumbling ruins of sea water filled concrete tanks, stairways that lead to cliffs, and bent rebar are gradually being returned to a natural state of preservation with the reintroduction of native plants. San Franciscans hollow the Sutro Baths not only for the spectacular views of Seal Rock and Point Lobos, but because when they opened in 1896, it was hailed as the world's largest indoor swimming establishment. There were 6 salt water and 1 fresh water pools that were heated and controlled by an elaborate system of pumps and tidal assist in water circulation, for a total tank capacity of nearly 2 million gallons. Pool equipment included not only diving boards, but also 30 swinging rings and 7 slides. There were 517 private dressing rooms, and a promenade above the pools capable of allowing thousands of onlookers to watch the action. The complex also included a concert hall seating 8,000 people, and Adolph Sutro included a museum that displayed his collection of art from around the world. The roof over this complex included 600 tons of iron and 100,000 square feet of glass. Later, one pool was converted to an ice rink, and in 1966, after many years of losing money, the baths burned during the process of demolition.

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