Fowler Swimming Pool and Bathhouse – Fowler KS

City:
Fowler, KS

Site Type:
Swimming Pools, Parks and Recreation

New Deal Agencies:
Works Progress Administration (WPA), Work Relief Programs

Started:
1936

Completed:
1937

Designer:
Charles W. Suit

Quality of Information:
Very Good

Marked:
Unknown

Site Survival:
Extant

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built the Fowler Swimming Pool and Bathhouse in Fowler KS.

Fowler was apparently hard hit by the dust storms of the 1930s, and the construction of a swimming pool would bring not only construction jobs but welcome relief from dirt and heat. Cost in 1936-1937 was $13,000, of which the town paid $3000. The pool’s dedication ceremony on July 30, 1937 drew 1,000 people.

The project was approved in may 1935, but construction was delayed and began in March 1936 and was completed in November 1936.

According to the Kansas Historical Society, “Among 40 Kansas pools improved or constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) between 1935-1939, Garden City engineer Charles W. Suit designed the Fowler Swimming Pool. A reinforced concrete oval structure, it measures 90 feet north to south and 120 feet east to west. It features a shallow ring that encircles the deeper diving area, which is marked by a reinforced concrete diving platform rising above the water from the pool floor. The one-story bathhouse is a simple reinforced concrete building with a central office flanked by dressing rooms on each side.”

Location Info


310 E 7th
Fowler, KS 67844
Meade County

Coordinates: 37.38322022, -100.19187302

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