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Crotona Play Center

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Crotona Play Center

Crotona Play Center is the only swimming pool complex built by the Works Progress Administration in the Bronx. It opened in July 1936. It was designated a New York City landmark in 2007.[1] Named for the ancient Greek city of Croton, it is located in Crotona Park on property which was formerly the estate of the Bathgate family.[2]


The Crotona Play Center was designed by Herbert Magoon, Aymar Embery II, and others, it is located at Fulton Avenue, between East 172nd Street and East 174th Street. Its design combines modern classical and moderne elements. The primary buildings are decorated with sculptures by Frederick G.R. Roth. This includes ibis - topped pilasters on the bathhouse and bas-reliefs in the sitting niches which are adjacent to the pool.


The facility is entered through a very large arched brick gateway, which is overlooked by glass-block skylights. A large bathhouse is situated between the pool and a wading pool area used at an earlier time. The interior of the bathhouse is admirable, with mirror-image locker rooms and arched concrete buttresses extending across overhead.[1]


Coordinates: 40°50′24.1″N 73°53′52.8″W / 40.840028°N 73.898000°W / 40.840028; -73.898000

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