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« on: March 23, 2012, 09:37:15 PM »

Someone on page 12 mentioned the Natatorium. I had forgotten that place. My wife took swimming lessons there in the early 60's and we both went swimming there on occasion.
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2012, 01:12:50 PM »

The Public Natatorium that most remember was located at 1646 S. 4th St.
It was built in 1894 and sold to J.J. & Margaret Garlic in 1978 for $4,000.

They remodeled it into a Restaurant which closed in 1985.

The site is now part of Norbert R. Witkowiak Park and can be viewed on Google maps, including a street view.
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 12:22:21 PM »

I know Milwaukee had THREE on the southside alone. I lived a block from one. Some days were "girls" days and son some were "boys" days.
For some reason when we were small my friends and I pronounced it Nadatoriums. So we`d always say, "Let`s go to the Nad". Grin
I remember getting a chance to go inside the one on 10th and Hayes before they tore it down. Smiley It looked SO MUCH smaller then when I was a kid. AND, once it was torn down, the empty lot left never looked big enough to have ever had a building that had a swimming pool in it ever on that site. Undecided
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