The Twentieth Century Club did indeed have a swimming pool. When I was growing up in Midtown in the 1950s, we purchased passes for the whole summer to swim in the outdoor pool that took up the entire back yard behind the club.
The shallow end was closest to the building and the large deep end was at the back of the lot. Separate entrances behind the building led to the men and women's changing rooms in the basement of the club.
What was distinctive about the pool was that it had swastikas in the tiles every few feet on the side of the pool about a foot below the edge of the pool. I am would think that this means that the pool was built before 1930 when the swastika was just an American Indian symbol. I can remember nothing to indicate that the pool had ever been indoors or covered.
I think they filled in the pool in the 1960s rather than make expensive repairs that were needed.
Vance has talked about the wonderful memories of swimming at Maywood, and I have the same memories about swimming at the Twentieth Century Club.
By Joe Boone
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