Purchased from industrialist Jacob B. Perkins in 1894, Edgewater Park's three original bathhouses were overcrowded with guests changing into their full-body swimsuits before taking a dip in Lake Erie. To alleviate the demand, a Spanish Mission-style bathhouse was built in 1914. The grandiose three-story gem made a splash with locals — 5,000 people took to the shores one hot July day. With 665 separate changing rooms, a pavilion and a restaurant, it was a popular summer hangout. By the 1940s, the building had fallen into disrepair and was demolished in 1950. In 2013, the Cleveland Metroparks took over 14 miles of our city's shoreline — including the 151-acre Edgewater Beach.