SPARROW'S POOL

SPARROW'S POOL

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Carrboro
NC
Built in
1922
/ Modified in
1958
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  • Fri, 01/08/2021 - 11:26am by SteveR

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street: ,
Carrboro
NC
Built in
1922
/ Modified in
1958
Object Type: 
Construction type: 
,
Neighborhood: 

 

Sparrow's Pool, originally called Maple Springs Pool, was built by/for Jodie "Joe" W. Sparrow in the summer of 1922. The pool featured a 40 by 70 foot concrete and brick pool, bath houses, bleachers, and soda dispensaries. It cost 25 cents for admission when it first opened.

It was originally fed/filled by several local springs, but starting in 1923 it was filled by filtered water pumped from University Lake.

June 27, 1924 ad

Photo by Bayard Wootten (“The Sparrow Pool. A clean, beautiful pool — with filtered water from the University Reservoir. Use the Chapel Hill-Carrboro bus.”)

Photo by Bayard Wootten (original of photo #1)

Photo courtesy of Lawrence McAdams

Photo courtesy of Lawrence McAdams

Photo courtesy of Lawrence McAdams

Photo courtesy of Lawrence McAdams

Photo courtesy of Lawrence McAdams

Photo courtesy of Lawrence McAdams

Photo courtesy of Lawrence McAdams

1943 ad

 

The pool was segregated and the owners would only allow white customers to use the facilities.

The pool remained open until 1958, when it became difficult for Mattie Sparrow to manage the business after her husband, Joe, died in 1955. In 1961, Mattie moved to Pine Street and sold the nearby house to the Bost family, who used the pool privately.
 
In 2006-2007 the Carrboro Greenspace Collective screened movies in the former pool as the Walk-In Tributary Theater (WITT).

2007 (image via abnf.co/NC-casa_grande_-_carrboro,_nc.htm)

2007 (image via abnf.co/NC-casa_grande_-_carrboro,_nc.htm)

 

After decades of neglect, the property was purchased by Jane and Logan Kendall, and they have been restoring/renovating the property.

 

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