Aymar Embury II Gallery of NYC New Deal Projects - Photo #48 - Highbridge Pool and Play Center - Manhattan

Photo: Frank da Cruz, 17 September 2019.
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The Highbridge Play Center in Highbridge Park, Manhattan, Amsterdam Avenue at West 173rd Street, constructed by the WPA in 1936[1]; architect: Aymar Embury II[2].

  1. NYC Parks Dept press release of July 13, 1936: "The new Highbridge Swimming Pool, located at 175th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Highbridge Park, Manhattan, will be formally dedicated and opened to the public on Tuesday, July 14 that 8:30 P.M. Mayor LaGuardia, Park Commissioner Robert Moses (and others) will speak. The program also will include swimming and diving exhibitions by former swimming and diving champions now employed by the Park Department. The Highbridge Pool is the fifth of eleven swimming pools constructed by the Park Department with W.P.A. funds which will be opened during the summer and will accommodate 4880 persons at a time. The area includes a swimming pool 166 feet x 228 feet with a wading pool 97 feet x 228 feet."
  2. Highbridge Play Center, Landmarks Preservation Commission August 14, 2007, Designation List 395LP-2237: "The team of designers, landscape architects and engineers assembled to execute the new pool complexes, in addition to hundreds of other construction and rehabilitation projects undertaken between 1934 and 1936 by New York's newly consolidated Parks Department, was comprised largely of staff members and consultants who had earlier worked for Moses at other governmental agencies, including architect Aymar Embury II, landscape architects Gilmore D. Clarke and Allyn R. Jennings, and civil engineers W. Earle Andrews and William H. Latham."