Splashing Surf on Nye Beach Natatorium - circa 1915


Splashing Surf on Nye Beach Natatorium - Albert L Thomas

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Natatoriums were indoor heated sea-water swimming pools, built in a number of locations along the Oregon Coast in the early 1900s. This example at Nye Beach was built in 1911, and also included sun-bathing rooms.

It burned in 1922, but was promptly rebuilt as a much larger facility with an elaborate domed roof, which besides the swimming pool offered a dance hall, movie theater, bowling, and roller skating. Eventually the Natatorium lost popularity and fell into disrepair.

It was demolished and the vacant grounds became a picnic area and parking lot at the Nye Beach Turnaround. Behind it is the New Cliff House Hotel, build in 1913 and renamed the Gilmore in 1921.

-- This photo is restored and printed by Old Oregon.

Additional Information

Item Number AA1338
Photographer Albert L. Thomas
Location Newport, Oregon Coast, Lincoln County
Subject Hotels, Ocean, Vacations and Holidays
Decade 1910s
Print Maker Old Oregon
Original Type Larger Print
Size of Original 9.7 x 15.8 inches
Photographer's Number Number 31