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Hannan Memorial YMCA - Photos

The pool was tiled with what looks like Pewabic insets on the walls.

Unfortunately, the tiles were painted over at some point.

And yet another angle at the pool

On May 17th 1917, ground was broken for the new YMCA on East Jefferson.

The branch on Jefferson was named the Hannan Memorial YMCA thanks to a sizable donation from Luella, William Washington Hannan's wife.

A picture of the Jefferson Ave. entryway in early 2023.

Staircase with a window view at the center court.

Another staircase, almost completely gone. Photo from early 2023

A large gymnasium on the top floor with a running track around the upper deck.

More detail of what's left of the gym.


A view at the center court

The YMCA provided classes, sports leagues, meeting spaces, after-school programs, an in-house newspaper and a place for the community to unite.

The YMCA sold the building to the United States Department of Labor in 1974. They planned to use it as a Job Corps training center.

The Hannan Memorial YMCA Building was like a fortress. Bars were put on the windows and security cameras installed to ensure no intruders entered the campus.

The center court enabled more natural light inside.

One of the corridors on the 5th floor in July 2023

A view toward downtown from the attic - July 2023

Another view along Jefferson Ave.

One of the oval attic windows looking south, photo taken in July 2023

Aside from the steel structure, the roof is almost completely gone in July 2023

Boilers at the attic

Boilers at the attic

Attic view at the 5th floor corridor looking north

Staircase leading to the attic

A little bit of a balcony up on the 5th floor facing the river

A view at the center court which enabled more natural light inside.

The building prepped for demolition on Feb 2, 2024