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Y.M.C.A. Entrance (Joliet, Illinois)
Y.M.C.A. Entrance (Joliet, Illinois)
TitleY.M.C.A. Entrance (Joliet, Illinois)
CreatorWilliams, Adele Fay
Date of the DrawingSeptember 30, 1928
DescriptionDrawing of the Y.M.C.A. Entrance in Joliet, Illinois. This drawing is a part of the Robert E. Sterling Collection.
Title of ArticleNew buiding is community within self : modern equipment in five stories of "Y" structure.
Date of ArticleSeptember 30, 1928
Transcript of the ArticleWritten in pencil at top: "The open door." From Joliet Herald-News Sunday September 30, 1928 "A community within a community and for a community—that is Joliet's new half million dollar Y. M. C. A. which is to be formally dedicated today. Five stories in height, modern in all details of equipment and apparatus, the ‘Y' building at Ottawa and Webster streets is now ready to contribute its share of community service. The building itself will be one of the show places of the city. The façade and the main lobby and lounging rooms show the influence of the Italian Renaissance. This main lobby opens from the Ottawa street entrance, the entrance that is to serve the men. The boys' division, which has its own quarters in the building, is entered from the Webster street side. Lounge for Men. Entering from Ottawa street, however one comes directly to the main service desk. To the left of the lobby is a men's lounge and just west of the lounge, and entered from a corridor that extends to the rear of the building, is a billiard room. The office of H. R. Seamans, general secretary, and other offices are located along this corridor and where this passage joins a lateral way is found a soda fountain and lunch stand. The main east and west corridor along the south side of the building gives one entrance to the basket and locker rooms. The corridor has its end at the entrance to the room which contains the swimming pool. This is a large room, well lighted, and at either end are the shower bath chambers. Each division, men, seniors and boys have their own showers. The pool itself is 20 feet wide, 60 feet long, three and a half feet deep at the shallow end and eight and a half feet at the deep end. The water is passed thru a filtration plant every 17 hours. It is treated there with chlorine to destroy all bacteria. Once a week the water will be analysed as a further hygienic safeguard. The basket room, so called because it will be filled with row upon row of baskets containing gymnasium suits, saves hundreds of feet of floor space. If it were not for the basket the clothing stored there would have to be kept in lockers and lockers take up considerable rooms. 309 Lockers in Building. There are 1, 650 baskets in the room but only 309 lockers in the building. Members of the gymnasium classes will draw their clothing from the basket room and at the same time receive a locker key. When they finish with the locker they return the key and the suits to the basketroom. Clothing that has damp will be dried before put away. Connecting with the swimming pool is another east and west corridor along the north, or Webster street side of the building leading to the boys' division. The boys' lounge is a spacious, 120 feet long by 40 feet wire. Two fireplaces that burn real logs add to the cheer and hominess of the apartment. A doorway from this lounge opens on the main lobby. A stair guarded by a wrought iron rail, leads to the upper floors from the right of the lobby as one enters from Ottawa street. The second floor contains 14 dormitory rooms, a directors' room, several club rooms, a kitchen and the gymnasium. These club rooms, as the name signifies, are for the various groups and classes that are a part of the Y. M. C. A. work. There are three or four of these rooms along the Webster street side of the building, separated from each other by huge sliding doors. When these doors are open there is one large room, more than 100 feet long. Banquets and concerts may be held there and for larger gatherings the gymnasium is available. Gymnasium is Large. The gymnasium measures 90 feet by 60 feet on the inside. This length of 90 feet is 10 feet longer than the majority of Y. M. C. A. gymnasiums. The floor is sufficient for four basketball courts. Bleacher seats may be erected along the walls and more room for spectators is afforded by the running track that is reached from the third floor. The track is 24 laps to the mile. On the third floor is a boxing and wrestling room and dormitories. The fourth floors, besides sleeping quarters, contains an auxiliary gymnasium, 60 by 45 feet, which is to be used by women and for special classes in the boys' division. A balcony above this gymnasium gives persons an opportunity to watch contests on that floor and also to watch ball games. Courts Have Windows. One rarely has a chance to watch a game of handball because handball is a contest in which players retire to a semi-sealed room and work up a perspiration in solitude, so to speak. To play handball one must have a room with smooth walls and knobless doors. Because of that ventilators are usually used to provide air. The ‘Y' courts have windows, however, so arranged that they will not interfere with the game and yet allow spectators a glimpse of the struggle below. Flood lights, fixed in recesses in the ceiling and walls and covered over with a special wire mesh. Provide illumination for the courts. The fifth floor is given over entirely to dormitories. There are 114 sleeping rooms in the building. All are carpeting comfortably furnished. The carpeting takes away the cell-like air that most dormitories of this nature have. These rooms range in rental from $3.50 to $6 a week. The lounges on the main floor are exceptionally comfortable and homey in appearance. Huge davenports and large sprawl chairs where one may drowse before the fire should be a popular place this winter when the wind is howling and sleet and snow beat against the window panes. In the East Indies a sugar known as jaggery is made from the sap of the cocoanut palm. The sap is obtained by cutting the flower spathe and the juice yields about 15 per cent sugar. It is consumed locally and is very impure. Chemically, much of it is identical with cane and beet sugar."
SubjectWilliams, Adele Fay
Joliet (Ill.) -- History
Physical Description29 cm. x 21.5 cm.
TypeDrawing
FormatImage/TIFF
Identifier2011-8-ste-afwa-0030
SourceClick this link for more historical information on the Joliet area - http://lewisu.edu/imcanal
LanguageEnglish
Publisher (Digital)Lewis University
RightsAll rights held by Lewis University. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University at 815-836-5665.
CollectionAdele Fay Williams Collection of Drawings and Prints (Lewis University)
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