The abandoned swimming pool full of chairs is in Spurrier Hall (formerly Merle Spurrier Gymnasium) on River Campus at the University of Rochester, city of Rochester, Monroe County, New York.
Rochester University (U of R or UR) began in 1850 as a Baptist sponsored institution of learning. Initially UR was a boys school until 1900, when Susan B. Anthony and Helen Barrett Montgomery led a campaign to allow women to be put under the college register. The current River Campus was constructed in 1930 with the Merle Spurrier Gymnasium added and opened in 1955. Spurrier Gymnasium was opened as an extension of the women’s center and the Susan B. Anthony female dormitory.
The swimming pool measured 25 yards, with 6 lanes and a depth of 9 feet at its deepest!
Rochester University closed the female gymnasium in 1982, when the facilities were moved to the Robert B. Goergen Athletic Center. The swimming pool and rest of the area has subsequently been used as an extra facility for larger classes. Eventually the pool became a landfill of extra desks, chairs and other odds and ends unused by the college.
Finally in 2012, all the desk were said to have been removed from the pool and thrown into many dumpsters. Such a waste!
Where was the abandoned swimming pool full of chairs at Rochester University located? You can find it with these coordinates. 43.130661,-77.626948.
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