RESTORATION AND RE-USE
McCarren Pool ,
Opening Day, June 28, 2012
Opening Day Ceremonies with Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty
Markowitz and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.
McCarren Pool, 1936
Pool basin and beach with new pavilions
adjacent to the historic bathhouses.
York City Department of Parks and
Recreation selected Rogers Marvel to
renovate McCarren Pool in Brooklyn,
New York. Constructed as part of
a WPA program and opened in 1936
by Parks Commissioner Robert Moses,
the facility has been restored and
returned to active use as an outdoor
swimming pool and year-round community
Places for lap swimming, a gradually
sloped play area, and general swim
area are incorporated into the
reconfigured pool’s shape.
Outdoor changing pavilions and lockers
are constructed adjacent to the
original building. The
restored bathhouse has been converted
to community use with spaces for
learning, after school use and active
The building is targeted for LEED
Silver Certification with the United
States Green Building Council and will
be a participant in the New York City
Percent for Art program.
Scott Demel was Project Architect and
Project Manager for this $50M project at
Rogers Marvel Architects.
Arts Society, MASterworks, 2013.
Districts Council, Design Award,
> McCarren Park Pool Renovation,
The Architect's Newspaper, 2012.
In! The McCarren Pool Is Almost
Open, The New York Times,
May 26, 2012.
About 3 Decades, Pool From the
Depression Era Reopens to Cool Off
Brooklyn, The New York Times,
June 28, 2012.
with McCarren Pool Architect Scott
Demel, PaperMag, 2012.
Overview of the pool
within McCarren Park and the Williamsburg and
Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn
Underneath the new outdoor
lobby at the historic bathhouse wing
room and playroom within the historic building
Sundberg / Esto, Katie
Sokoler/Gothamist, Matt Capello, and Scott Demel.
Historic photograph from the New York City
Department of Parks and Recreation Archive.