Pools, Pools and Pools

Pools, the very word evokes an image of sparkling blue water. Most early pools were used for bathing, or exercise and it wasn’t until much later that they became a perk for the rich and famous.  Swimming and bathing pools have been around since the dawn of civilization. According to Wikipedia: “The “Great Bath” at the site of Mohenjo-Daro in modern-day Pakistan was most likely the first swimming pool, dug during the 3rd millennium BC. This pool is 12 by 7 metres (39 by 23 feet), is lined with bricks and was covered with a tar-based sealant.[1]

Ancient Greeks and Romans built artificial pools for athletic training in the palaestras, for nautical games and for military exercises. Roman emperors had private swimming pools in which fish were also kept, hence one of the Latin words for a pool, piscina. The first heated swimming pool was built by Gaius Maecenas of Rome in the first century BC. Gaius Maecenas was a rich Roman lord and considered one of the first patrons of arts.[2]

Not all of these pools are cement ponds built in rectangular shapes. Some pools were shaped like rivers, some were round, like a pond, and still others, like the ones at Hearst Castle, are ornate and luxurious. We love them all. Pools are our passion.

Today, we went to Architectural Digest and found some pools that don’t look like pools in the traditional sense.


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