Lettenbad restored and refurbished
The classic bathhouse on Obere Letten was so run down back in the 80s that the future of the historic building built in 1952 was in question. It was in such disrepair that many critics felt it was beyond the point of saving. Various parts of the concrete had either broken off entirely or had enormous cracks. However, after an investment of 2,9 million Francs and 300 tons of spray concrete, the structure was able to reopen its doors in 1991.
But 20 years later, the next large restoration was required. But closing the historic monument was no longer in question. It is a unique structure which received commendation for the originality of its construction at the time of its opening. The bathhouse is unique, not only in its design, but in its location. It crowns over a dam between the Limmat and Lettenkanal. For its most recent renovation, a thorough investigation of original design documents has allowed for the building to be returned to its original state, especially regarding color choice. The structure was once again in need of reinforcement with additional concrete and parts of the roof needed fixing. Also the changing areas were redesigned to make better use of space.
One point of contention was the women’s only section of the upper deck. During the day, a large heavy curtain will be drawn between bar and the section of the bathhouse reserved for women. In the evening the curtain can be drawn back so that men can enjoy the area as well.
The snack bar will have a new name and new owner. Pier West will become The Panama bar, run by Roy Schadegg who beat out stiff competition for the contract, including that of the former owner.
Because the renovations were more complicated than originally anticipated, the newly refurbished bathhouse will re-open its doors a bit later than planned, on 16 June. Despite the high costs of renovating the bathhouse, (6,1 million Francs) entrance to the historic building will remain free of charge.