Photo of the Week
August 24, 2014
As a interesting follow up from last week's photo showing the old Balboa
Clubhouse being demolished, CZ Images contributor Bill Fall sent me
these photos for this week's presentation. Bill was recently in
Panama and took these photos knowing of my posted photo from last
week. Above is the building that took the place of the old Balboa
Clubhouse. It was to be the Balboa Cafeteria when it was built,
but never really took off as the Canal Zone was transitioning out of
existence. The old Panama Canal Company Supply Division which operated
the clubhouses was being phased out. The Balboa Cafeteria was
contracted out to provide the food service and didn't make it.
The portion of the building above the brown roof was not part of the
original construction, it was added on not too long ago. I saw
this upper portion of the building under construction the last time I
was in Panama three years ago. They had added the roof at the time
and I thought it was going to be some sort of open air part of the
building. Now I see in these photos that they enclosed the second
floor. The sign above the entranceway says, Boston School
International. Hence the once to be cafeteria sitting on the foot
print of our beloved original Balboa Clubhouse is now a school.
Interesting turn of events through the years. You can see the
passageway side walk going back to the pool as in the past between the
school building and theater.
Thank you Bill for sending
in these great current photos.
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