An Austin treasure: $2.1 million gift gets Barton Springs Bathhouse to funding goal

At Thursday’s “Toast to the Springs” poolside event, philanthropist Ross Moody announced his family foundation’s $2.1 million gift to complete the rehabilitation of the Barton Springs Bathhouse, an estimated $8 million project.  The bathhouse was designed in 1947 by Recreation Department staff architect Dan Driscoll, and has long needed an upgrade.

“It’s an Austin treasure,” said Moody, who has been swimming at the pool since 1980. “The project brings together health, wellness and nature as well as historical, cultural and environmental preservation. It’s a one-stop shop.”

Austin-based Limbacher & Godfrey Architects has been charged with the rehabilitation project.