Once one of the coolest spots in Paris, the historic Piscine Molitor has reopened this summer, and like other historic swimming venues that have been given a second life, operators are hoping to rekindle some of the magic of its past. The pool originally opened in 1929 and Olympian/actor Johnny Weissmuller was among its first lifeguards, according to a report in The Verge, a digital news platform founded in partnership with Washington, D.C.-based Vox Media. You might know it from the award-winning novel and film, Life of Pi. The story's main character, Piscine Patel, is named for the Piscine Molitor. The pool was also was the setting for the debut of the bikini in 1946, but unfortunately it did not have the same staying power. It was closed in 1989, but with significant community support, it has been restored by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel to visually showcase the story of its rise and fall. The project follows similar efforts, including Clifton Pool and Victoria Public House in the UK, and McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn, N.Y. Could successfully reopening more historic swimming pools such as these help spur a return to swimming’s golden age?