The 1925 historic “Plunge” swimming pool is southern California’s oldest and largest salt water pool, holding 400,000 gallons of water, and the centerpiece along with the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster as part of the original Mission Beach Amusement Center, now known as Belmont Park.
The client needed to demolish the portion of the building that was failing structurally and build a new building that could endure the harsh, albeit beautiful, beach environment and show off the largest historic pool in Southern California to create a monumental fitness facility and destination for people to enjoy for years to come.
From a historical point of view, we had one more big challenge. We had to recreate the historic “tri arch” that our client demolished. Instead of fighting it, or hiding it, we decided to celebrate the arches as the grand entrance to the north building titled Plunge and make it a marquee for the project.
Years later, the pool has been completely restored and the building has taken on a full transformation, rebuilt out of aluminum and 40 foot glass walls, the historic pool and connecting Fit athletic club are now a totally unique and modernized fitness experience.