Posted on February 28 2018
Ruins and Resort Wears | Comey + Xirena + Seaworthy
Ruins are maps to the past—remains of the days. A physical connection to history. Tucked in the cliff side of Ocean Beach, San Francisco rests the rubble and rectangle remains of Sutro Baths— a late Victorian public bath house filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The local hot spot provided a healthy, inexpensive recreational swimming facility complete with seven pools at various temperatures and an array of slides, trapezes, springboards, and high dives. High tide filled the pools with 1.7 million gallons of salt water required to fill the pools in under an hour. But the glorious Baths sunk during the Great Depression. After a short stint as an ice rink and ocean view arcade, the property was sold to high rise apartment developers. Before demolition of the stately structure was complete, a fire destroyed what was left of the baths and the development abandoned, giving way to the ruins standing today.
Although we love the ruins reflecting pools and ocean views, we found ourselves dreaming of the glamour and grandeur of the original bath house. The 10,000 folks training into the coast for a day of leisure. The 20,000 old school bathings suits for rent. The arching glass above the pools. The big bands, fine dining, and natural history exhibits greeting you at the classic Greek portal entrance. We channeled the Baths roaring beauty in luxe lounging resort wears and elegant gowns, remembering Sutro Baths glory days in the majestic ruins and remains.