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Aquatic Park Historic District

San Francisco, California
County of San Francisco.
Bounded by Van Ness Ave., Hyde, and Polk Sts.
National Register Number: 84001183
Resource type: District.
Property type: Recreation & Culture - sports facility. The threat level was Watch in
2006.
Congressional District: CA-8 Certified Local Government: YES
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Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: National Park; See www.npg/gov/goga.
Web Site: www.nps.gov/safr/local/museum.html.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 28, 1987):
Aquatic Park, developed from 1936 to 1939, was one of California's largest Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects reflecting President Franklin D. Roosevelt's policy of providing employment to architects and artists during the Great Depression. The centerpiece of this group of "streamline moderne" structures, all employing nautical metaphors, is a multipurpose structure containing the bathhouse, concession stand and lounge. Its rounded walls, recessed upper stories, tubular steel railings and porthole windows were purposely designed to create the illusion of an ocean liner. Murals and other artwork carry out the nautical theme. This main building, lifeguard stations, stadium, Sea Scout building, a seawall and a semicircular pier form the Aquatic Park Historic District, now part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

Condition:
The building had been damaged by water penetration around the historic metal windows and by past modifications through the roof.


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