Presidential Swimming Pool

Presidential Swimming Pool

Pools for the POTUS


Americans’ fascination with the office of the Presidency has always been our national pastime.  Being the leader of the free world carries with it immense responsiblity and pressure, which makes the office of the Presidency the fixation of our admiration and interest.  The most stressful job in the world requires the ability to get away from it all and have some form of recreation.  Some Presidents played golf, some retreated to private enclaves, and as this article from Aqua points out, some used a little-known White House amenity that was first installed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the White House inground swimming pool. 

Here is an excerpt from the post:

 Everything about the White House is historic. From the silverware to the furniture in the Oval Office, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not only the seat of power in the free world, it’s also one of the greatest repositories of American history.

Naturally, the same can be said of its two swimming pools.

The first was an indoor pool built for Franklin D. Roosevelt, who often swam to help ease crippling symptoms from polio. The pool was located in the west terrace between the White House and its West Wing. It was surrounded by an arched ceiling and row of high half-mooned windows.

It remained in service for nearly 40 years. Presidential families including the Roosevelts, Trumans, Eisenhowers, Kennedys and Johnsons frequented the private natatorium.

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