Sutro baths and casino out on the beach, just north of Sutro
Heights, are rapidly nearing completion.
It is only a matter of weeks now—and not so many of them
either—before the mammoth establishment will be thrown open to the
If the work be rushed it can all be finished in a little over
a month's time, and the present orders are to "rush."
When it is completed San Francisco will have an institution
of which she maybe justly proud. There is no bathing establishment
in this country as large, as complete, as convenient or as
Once there was a huge depression on the north side of the
road that runs to Sutro Heights, and In the depression or gully was
a sea of sand, and rock, and seaweed and spray, and the gulls went
there to roost.
"That will always remain a wild and barren place," people
said. Now they see how mistaken they were. The gully is still there,
but in the place of its jagged
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dunes is a huge concrete reservoir or series of reservoirs; and
rising high over these long reservoirs is a bewildering mass of
green iron and wood frame work.
Soon many hundreds of tons of glass will be covered over this
frame work. Then the Sutro baths and casino will be enclosed, and
one of the most desolate and forlorn spots in the world will have
been converted into one of the finest structures in the world—if not
Inside these green, glass-covered walls there will he an
amphitheater capable of seating 5000 people comfortably; there will
be a stage appointed with all necessary scenic effects; there will
be private bathing lockers to accommodate 400 bathers at a time,
clubrooms for bathers which will give room for 1000 persons at a
time, booths, promenades, opera chairs, smoking-rooms, theater,
dining-rooms, luncheon parlors, elevators to the observatory on top
of the structure, conservatories and six mammoth swimming tanks, not
to mention tub baths and baths of all kinds,
waiting-rooms and every convenience and luxury that one could dream
of or unlimited money provide.
Here all manner of aquatic entertainments will be provided.
Sham naval battles will be held. There will be trapezes without
number, springboards galore, and all the athletic appointments that
can possibly be employed in aquatic sports.
The entire surface of salt water under cover will be 300 feet
in length by 150 feet wide. This will be divided into six
compartments, or separate tanks. The main tank will be shaped like
an L, the perpendicular stroke of the letter representing the entire
length of 300 feet, and the horizontal stroke stretching the entire
width, or 150 feet.
On the inside of the L there will be five smaller tanks. Two
of these will be 28 by 75 feet each in surface measurement, and the
fifth tank will measure 50 by 75 feet.
The main entrance to the baths and casino will be located at
the southeast corner of the structure. This will be quite an
elaborate piece of work, the
Lemme and Colley, having put in their brightest bits of
ornamentation on the plans.
Flanking both sides of the main entrance to the west are two
large passenger elevators, running from the observatory and
promenade on the roof, seventy-six feet above, to the lowermost tier
of dressing-rooms, which are on a level with the reservoirs.
Four flights of stairways, wide and easy of ascent, lead from
the booths and promenades on the top floor to the Mower bathrooms,
and on each side of the stairways are terraces, which will soon be
ornamented with flowers and shrubbery.
The dressing-rooms run in a semi-circle about the bathing
tanks, and are built in tiers, rising one above the other. Over
these dressing-rooms is the amphitheater. At the bottom of this
amphitheater, which begins on top of the first tier of
dressing-rooms, is a 14-foot promenade, running clear around the
amphitheater, and connecting with the four main stairways.
At the top of the amphitheater, running
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platform thirty-six feet in width, which adjoins the esplanade, and
leads thereto by many entrances. The esplanade skirts the outside of
the entire structure, offering on the western side a magnificent
view of the ocean and the rockbound coast below.
On this platform will be the booths of all kinds, for edible
and liquid refreshments, for the sale of sea-shells, photographs and
souvenirs for travelers and whatnot. In front of the booths will be
another promenade or dancing pavilion, or casino with tables and
chairs, where one may sit and see all that is going on in the entire
Nearly three acres will be under cover of this great green
structure, and when it is all completed it will form one of the
great attractions of this city. Midwinter Fair tourists and visitors
will find in it something they have found nowhere else in their
travels—an immense and luxuriously appointed bathing and swimming
establishment, combined with a theater, cafe and casino.