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Wasatch Springs Plunge ~ Salt Lake City, Utah
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member brwhiz
N 40° 47.336 W 111° 53.998
12T E 424069 N 4515716
Quick Description: This historic natural hot springs indoor swimming pool, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, has been rehabilitated to house the Utah Children's Museum.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 4/24/2012 3:11:04 AM
Waymark Code: WME9WV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 6

Long Description:
The Utah Historic Marker at the Plunge reads:

Wasatch Sprimgs Plunge

Built near several warm springs, the Wasatch Springs Plunge is significant for its Mission style architecture and as a early municipal recreational facility. The warm springs along this portion of the Wasatch Fault were used by Native Americans even before the arrival of the Mormon pioneers who quickly developed the springs and constructed numerous bathing facilities, praising the warm sulphurous water for its curative and rejuvenating qualities. This substantial masonry building was built by Salt Lake City in 1921 and replaced earlier frame buildings.

Designed by the noted local architectural firm of Cannon and Fetzer, the building exemplifies the Mission style. The stuccoed walls, red tile roofs, curvilinear parapets, arched openings and arcades are characterisitic of Mission style which emanated from California at the end of the nineteenth century and was based on the old Catholic missions.

Due to problems with the water, deterioration of the structure, construction of newer pools and changes in demographics, the facility fell into disuse in the 1970s and was closed. It was later rehabilitated and reopened in 1983 as The Children's Museum of Utah.

Marker placed in 1993

Division of State History

Street address:
840 N Beck Street (300 West)
Salt Lake City, Utah

County / Borough / Parish: Salt Lake

Year listed: 1980

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924

Historic function: Domestic, Recreation And Culture

Current function: Domestic, Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: no

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2012 To: 12/31/2012

Hours of operation: From: 10:00 AM To: 6:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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