The Swim-Gym is a legend in the world of high school gym floors. It combines wood and water, which is unheard in a typical gymnasium. It was built in 1939-1940 and was designed by Stiles O. Clement. This design was quite progressive and is still considered to be an architectural icon and a local landmark. The wood floor is located approximately 5 feet above the 23 meter swimming pool. It was designed to split in the middle and retract underneath concreate bleachers at the turn of a key to transform from basketball court into a swimming pool.
The Swim-Gym has been featured in many movies, including the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”. It is still enjoyed today by Beverly Hills High School students and the residents of the community.
Enjoy this video created by the Beverly Hills Historical Society to learn more about this local landmark.