Sutro Baths

Sutro Ruins
Who knew there were ruins of a public bath in San Francisco? Not me, until recently. Opened in 1896 as the largest public indoor swimming pool in the world. At one time there were as many as seven pools and an ice skating rink! Due to it's large size and maintenance costs the baths were always struggling financially and closed in 1966 to be demolished. A fire finished the job and left only the foundation here. In the background can be seen the Cliff House restaurants. Both the Cliff House and the Sutro Baths were owned and operated by one time San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro.

This shot is a six shot panorama taken from the northern end of the site. Underneath me is a cave that was used to store generators used to keep the pools full during low tide. In high tide the ocean just overflowed into the pools. In terms of processing not too much was done to it. I used Topaz Lens Effects to apply a polarizer simulation filter, and then Clarity to work on contrast.


  1. Here are some photos I took on foggy day.


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