(above) Required by the city for controlling access to the
first branch library (a Spanish eclectic design by
The new lake-pool, as Beaty calls it, is intended
pool during summer months, the wrought-iron fence is
architect Atlee Ayres), a network of deep drainage
for year-round use. A demountable wrought-iron
demountable for off-season storage in the bathhouse.
ditches, acres of parking lots, and an assortment of
fence controls access during the swimming season
hardscape features whose provenance and original
but is to be stored in the bathhouse during the rest
purpose are obscure.
of the year, leaving the lake and its promenade
In 1992 the city asked RVBK Architects to
open to the park.
develop a comprehensive master plan for the park.
The bathhouse, originally dating from the 1920s,
After consulting with numerous neighborhood
was expanded. Two new wings of rough limestone
and civic groups, the architects proposed improvements estimated to cost about $9 million, half of
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which has been funded from bond issues. Beaty & Partners Architects assumed design responsibility
t e x a s
a r c h i t e c t
Alamo Cement; unit pavers: Alamo
Concrete Pavers; fountains, pools, and water displays: Neptune Benson,
to start his own.
The rehabilitation’s first phase, completed last
when RVBK partner Michael Beaty left that firm
site , street , and mall furnishings :
spring, has as its centerpiece a new swimming pool
Jewell (Eagle Concrete Products);
whose irregular shape approximates the contours of
Fairweather masonry units:
Crown Steel; metal decking: Vulcraft; architectural metal work:
the old spring-fed lake, just a few yards downstream
Crown Steel; railings and handrails: Crown Steel; stainless steel: Kuest
of the springs. The lake, lined with concrete in
1922, had been used for swimming until spring flow
declined in the drought of the early 1950s. In 1954,
it had been replaced by a smaller conventional
pool with recirculating water – the spring water was
diverted underground, emerging as San Pedro Creek
just south of the pool – but the outlines of the lake
remained clear in the tall cypresses at its edge.
beaded board ceiling:
waterproofing and dampproofing:
US Intec; pre-fabricated roof specialties: Bilco; roof accessories: metal doors and frames:
Cadillac Plasticrafts; Tnemec;
Ceco Door Products;
grilles and screens:
The Southwell Company; signage and graphics: The Southwell grandstands and bleachers:
Southern Bleacher Company;
Allen & Allen Company
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