Roy Jenkins Pool
In Tampa, Florida we were fortunate to work on a very unique structure. An above ground swimming pool built in the 1928 at a cost of $75,000. The pool which had to be closed in 2008 was in desperate need of repair and re-configuration to serve the residents of Davis Island.
Randy checking out one of the cracks on the exterior walls; in fact the walls are about the only remaining part of the original structure.
In the 85 years of the pool’s existence the walls had been repaired numerous times by apparent unskilled workers from the looks of everything going on with the exterior finish; it really is a hodgepodge of different textures, some areas were the original cement plaster finish, some areas were a smooth sanded finish and then there were areas that were just a soupy mess.
We’d go on to have mixed feelings about this project as we felt the walls deserved better than we were directed to give them. We were only to repair the cracks and then match into the adjacent texture found on the building, period. We had wanted to recreate the 1920’s splatter dash finish especially on a building as important to a community as this one.
In changing from a three section pool design into its new redesign the exterior walls would really take a beating.
Cody removed a section of the cement plaster molding and made the template, ran the new plaster molding and installed it.
The pool has some very interesting architectural design features.
Finishing up around the windows.
The Roy Jenkins Pool is now open and the community is once again enjoying it. We are very proud to have played a part in its history!
The Roy Jenkins Pool is a very unique structure. These above ground pools were popular in the 1920’s; today in the Midwest and Northeast there are a small number of these pools in existence; many of them were designed by Wesley Bintz (Roy Jenkins is not a Bintz pool but appears to be based on some of his design ideas). The ”Bintz” pool was popular with cities due to its lower construction costs since it was above ground with the changing and mechanical areas housed underneath the pool.
Below is a Bintz pool in Anderson, Ind.