Chicago Landmarks

63rd Street Bathing Pavilion

View from east. Photo by Michael Zimny, 2004     Address: S. Lake Shore Dr. and E. 63rd St.
Year Built: 1919
Architect: South Park Commission Architects
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: December 4, 2004

View from west, Photo by Michael Zimny, 2004 The 63rd Street Bathing Pavilion is one of the most impressive buildings in the Chicago park system. Located in Jackson Park on Chicago's South-Side lakefront, this building reflects the city's increased interest in water sports and beachfront activities in the early twentieth century. Designed by the South Park Commission's in-house architects, it is built of exposed aggregate concrete in the Classical Revival style and modeled after earlier South Side park buildings designed by the firm of D. H. Burnham and Company. On one of Chicago's largest Lake Michigan beaches, the building has a commanding yet elegant visual presence.