The Lansingburgh, or North End, Bath House. It was open until at least 1930 when a drowning due to the City of Troy’s failure to provide lifeguards or safety equipment seems to have factored into its largely disappearing from newspapers, evidently closing around that time. In 1930 Miami Beach was created and in 1932 the Troy Motorboat and Canoe Club made a beach at 121st Street on the Hudson River, though unlike the Bath House both were dependent on fair weather. There was some discussion of the City of Troy refurbishing the facility in the 1940s. The Knickerbacker Pool (called the Lansingburgh Pool its first year) opened in 1955 in Knickerbacker Park, though it too was an outdoor swimming facility. Ultimately the bath house property was sold in 1961.

Detail of 123rd Street Park and Bath House from “Lansingburgh, N. Y., Third Ward, 18th Street North.” Troy, NY: L. R. Burleigh, 1891.

Lansingburgh Bath House.

Lansingburgh Bath House.

Bath House at 2nd Avenue and 123rd Street from Sanborn Insurance Maps: Troy, NY, 1903, Vol. 1., Map 51. (Cropped from scan by RPI)

Bath House at 2nd Avenue and 123rd Street from Sanborn Insurance Maps: Troy, NY, 1903, Vol. 1., Map 51. (Cropped from scan by RPI)

—The work of building the large tank in the North End bathing station is now under way. It is being built of reinforced concrete, without the usual tiling, and will have a litholite border around the top.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Times. August 5, 1910: 6 col 1.

—The masonry work on the tank at the North End public bath house is finished and work on the cement floor was begun yesterday.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Times. August 17, 1910: 6 col 2.

CORONER FINDS GUARDS NEEDED AT PUBLIC BATH

Troy Times. September 25, 1930: 13 col 7.

Ben Fraser, a member of the Department of Public Works, is shown atop the chimney of the Public Bath House on Second Avenue in Lansingburgh as he commenced its destruction.  For a long time the chimney has been in a dangerous condition. "Chimney Coming Down." Times Record. October 8, 1938: 7 cols 3-4. (Staff Photo.) (Cropped from scan by fultonhistory.com)

Ben Fraser, a member of the Department of Public Works, is shown atop the chimney of the Public Bath House on Second Avenue in Lansingburgh as he commenced its destruction. For a long time the chimney has been in a dangerous condition.
“Chimney Coming Down.” Times Record. October 8, 1938: 7 cols 3-4. (Staff Photo.) (Cropped from scan by fultonhistory.com)

MAYOR SUGGESTS BATH AS POOL SITE FOR LANSINGBURGH

Says Location Would Be “Most Suitable” For New Swimming Facilities.

The North End Bath, obsolete for several years, was today recommended by Mayor John J. Ahern as a new swimming pool for the Lansingburgh section of the city.
A committee of members of the All-American Social Club advocated a new swimming pool for this section of the city.
Mayor Ahern stated that he inspected the bath during the last few days and he thought it “would be most suitable for a pool.”
He stated that the bath needed new improvements such as retiling and repairs to the outside of the building.
William J. Martin, committee head, last night stated that the club members felt that the facilities offered the children of Lansingburgh can be expanded.
The group also recommended the resurfacing of the outdoor basketball court at the 112th Street playground.
Times Record. July 13, 1947: 5 col 6.

KEPT PROMISES OF LAST CAMPAIGN, MAYOR DECLARES

Ahern Lists Moves Made During Present Term of Office

[…]
Mayor Ahern said that with the formal launching of this year’s campaign for control of the municipal government that he intended to not only lay before the people what has been done to “overcome many of Troy’s major handicaps, but also to present plans embracing the next four years.”
Included in those plans will be the “redevelopment of a swimming pool in the North End Bath, a project on which Alderman Henry E. Smith has been most insistent,” the Mayor said.
Times Record. October 1, 1947: 7 cols 3-4.

North End Bath Sold For Site of Medical Center.

The City of Troy today sold the old North End Bath to Dr. Rudolph L. Coletti, a Lansingburgh surgeon, for $15,000. Dr. Coletti’s office is located at 246 5th Ave.
Times Record. July 5, 1961: 13 cols 6-7.

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