Grosse Pointe South High School Natatorium

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI


The construction of the Grosse Pointe South High School in 1928 along the shores of Lake St. Clair marked the transition from wealthy seasonal resort area to year-round town.
Residents built one of the finest public high schools in Michigan, and as a result, the Grosse Pointe High School has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Amenities at the school include a swimming pool, five libraries, two gyms, and an auditorium.


Outstanding Design Award

American School and University


Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Project Type

School K12

Project Service

Design Services


Completed 2008


Ehresman Associates

Project Amenities

The Grosse Pointe School District commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker, in association with Ehresman Associates, to design a new competition natatorium and field gym to complement the Georgian revival architecture of the main 1928 building.

Responsible for the design of the new swimming pool, Counsilman-Hunsaker worked though a creative process to develop a unique 7,000 sq. ft. 25-yard 12-lane pool configuration that met the school’s requirements for training, instruction, and competition.

Emphasis was placed on having a functional facility that could accommodate several simultaneous activities. The natatorium also features a state-of-the-art timing system and video display scoreboard.

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