23 Jun '11, 12pm
Iconic 1930s Art Deco Swimming Pool Converted Into a Museum
In the late 1920s, looking to promote public hygiene, Jean-Baptiste Lebas, the mayor of Roubaix, a small town in northern France, ordered the construction of a public swimming pool. The result, opened in 1932, the work of architect Albert Baert , was a stunning example of Art Deco architecture. With a 50 meter pool, baths, a hair and nail salon, steam rooms and a rose garden modeled on a Cistercian Abbey, the complex was a hit. It remained in service until 1985, when it was closed for safety reasons. In the next few years, the people of Roubaix, reluctant to destroy the iconic building, looked for a new use. And they found one: it is now a museum.