The New Gym, 1950

After spending many months digging around the gym before they did the big renovation about fifteen years ago I grew quite familiar with its spaces. But that was the building after fifty years worth of additions and rejiggering and I never came to any real understanding of what it was like when first built. So I was delighted to come across this little drawing the other day:

It’s recognizable but only just. Here’s a construction photo that helps clarify the drawing:

And I even have a few interior shots from the early ’50s that now make more sense. Here are the men’s showers:

The recreation area:

And the locker room:

I realize that this is not an especially glamorous or exciting thing but I’d say it’s a solid find. I’m officially pleased with it.

Bonus: When they replaced the chairs outside the Brochstein Pavilion they quite sensibly took the old ones over to Valhalla where they were badly needed.

They’ve now begun migrating. I love this.

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11 Responses to The New Gym, 1950

  1. loki_the_bubba says:

    Where’s the basement drawing? I want to see the rifle range!

  2. Miz RD says:

    Very soon you wlll hear the story of the handball court doors.

  3. Jerry Outlaw says:

    The drawing of the gym looks exactly the way it looked in person from 64 to 68.

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