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Swimming Pools (entry)

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SWIMMING POOLS (sports). In the 19th century swimming pools in the city existed only in some bathhouses, e.g. Voroninskie Bathhouse (architect P.Y. Suzor). In 1914-16 the first swimming pool facility in Russia was built for Boys' School No 1 designed by L.P. Shishko at the corner of 11а Kabinetskaya Street (Pravda Street, as of 1923), and 7 Ivanovskaya Street (Sotsilistichaskaya Street, as of 1918), in the courtyard. In 1927 under the guidance of Shishko this swimming pool was reconstructed, in 1987, another reconstruction was made. The St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (22-24 Nevsky Prospect; closed in 1938) underwent capital reconstruction in 1958-62 in order to accommodate a 25-meter swimming pool of the Baltic Shipping Corporation (opened in 1963), which seriously damaged the building, although water polo competitions and diving were prohibited and only fitness classes were held there. In 1993 the church was given back to the congregation. In 1973 there were 18 swimming pools in Leningrad, and their number grew to 40 in 1984. In 2002 there were over 40 swimming pools in St. Petersburg with 50 m lanes (SKA Swimming Pool, 3 Litovskaya Street, built in 1963; Spartak, 11 Konstantinovsky Avenue, built in 1973 and reconstructed in 1992-94, architect I.A. Solodovnikov, A.T. Kaplitskaya, etc.) and some 12 m lane pools for children.

Reference: Спорт в Санкт-Петербурге. СПб., 2002.

I. A. Bogdanov.

Kaplitskaya A.Ts.
Shishko Lev Petrovich
Solodovnikov Igor A.
Suzor Pavel Yulievich

Konstantinovsky Ave/Saint Petersburg, city, house 11
Litovskaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 3
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 22
Nevsky prospect/Saint Petersburg, city, house 24
Pravdy St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 11, litera л. А
Sotsialisticheskaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 7

Исаченко В. Г. Лев Шишко // Зодчие Санкт-Петербурга, XIX - начало XX века. СПб., 1998
Спорт в Санкт-Петербурге. СПб., 2002