DAC NEWS MARCH 2015
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depicts a member of the Women’s
Aquatic Club practicing before one
of two special performances at the
DAC in 1915 and 1916.
Dubbed “aquatic enthusiasts,” the
group’s DAC exhibitions involved at
least eight women and featured both
spring board diving and some form of
water basketball or baseball.
Not much else is known about
the swimmers except that they were
good enough to win a “big swimming
meet for women” at the Detroit
University School later in 1916. The
name of the diver in this image is also
Another interesting aspect to the
photograph is the workmen along the
balcony of the natatorium including
a pair who seem to be positioning a
new door for the space. It is also clear
from the image that the swimming
pool area featured Albert Kahn’s
dramatic use of Caen stone for
the walls and several delicate light
fixtures in the ceiling.
When it opened the new
natatorium featured two diving
boards including the one in this
image on the second level. Keep in
mind that the running track was not
in place in this part of the Clubhouse
at the time – you can see chairs that
are being set up around the pool for
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