The Social Room
The beautiful Blue Baths officially opened in 1933, offering the risqué notion and “hitherto unknown pleasure” of mixed-sex bathing. The upstairs Tearooms were a place where adults gatheredbefore and after bathing, for weddings and other family celebrations, and for formal meetings concerning matters of the day. Patrons chatted, flirted, laughed and argued – and of course wine and dined - in the main dining area and on the surrounding balconies overlooking the high diving boards and pools below.
Many a romance began at the Blue Baths though under the ever-watchful eye of the custodian and pool attendants. Strict codes of conduct were rigorously enforced pertaining to swimming ability, befitting swimming costumes and acceptable behaviour. Nevertheless, many stories exist today of the hi-jinx that ensued in the buildings heyday years 1931-1982.
The Social Room is a celebration of the interaction between people, both now and then.