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The old municipal swimming pool in the small town of Roubaix had been closed in 1985 due to safety problems; over the years, the support underneath the pool was weakened, and it was declared unsafe in 1985.

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Originally built between 1927 and 1932 by the architect Albert Baert, the swimming pool is a stunningly beautiful example of Art Deco architecture.

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Instead of abandoning the building, the city undertook an extensive renovation project, turning the facility into a museum called the La Piscine-Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Diligent. The locals just call it La Piscine.

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