1929 - 1989: The Piscine Molitor, a place of history
Inaugurated in 1929, the Piscine Molitor became a cult location of the 16th arrondissement of Paris. With its ideal setting, the Piscine Molitor is a venue that can be added to the list of the many sports associations of the Bois de Boulogne - the Polo Club of Paris; the Rolland Garros stadium; the Racing Club de France, now the Lagardère Paris Racing; and the Tir aux Pigeons - a clay pigeon shooting centre. It has been the most trusted and popular pool in Paris for over 60 years.
The astonishing Art Deco décor attracts many visitors and has been a popular venue for celebrations and organised events for many years. The Piscine Molitor has two pools, one indoor and the other outdoor, and in winter, this pool is used as a large skating rink.
In 1989, however, sixty years after its inauguration, the future of the historic pool came into question and it was closed to the public. The once-hallowed place was abandoned and fell into disrepair - although many artists returned to illegally tag the walls.