Categories: Sightseeing / Travel

Bathhouse Row’s Visitor Center

The Fordyce Bathhouse serves as Bathhouse Row’s Visitors Center. The day was on the cold side for me (upper 50s), and it started drizzling in the midst of our walking tour. We retreated by touring this facility housing equipment used back in its heydey.

Fordyce Bathhouse

Fordyce Bathhouse
Built in 1915, closed 1962; opened as Visitors Center in 1989

Fordyce Bathhouse

Fordyce Bathhouse
Renaissance Revival architectural style

Bathhouse Row model

Model of Bathhouse Row

Men's Bathhall sign

Fountain in Men's Bathhall

Life-sized statue of Hernando de Soto and a Caddo Indian maiden in the center of Men’s Bathhall (1st Floor)
Hernando de Soto is said to have step foot in Hot Springs back in 1541

Fountain in Men's Bathhall

Fountain in Men's Bathhall

Historically, more men used the bathing facilities than women

Shower in Men's Bathhall

Shower and regulator
Would you dare step foot in here?

Stained glass ceiling in Men's Bathhall

Stained glass ceiling in Men’s Bathhall

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Men's Locker Room

Men’s Locker Room (2nd Floor)
The Ladies’ lockers look similar

Assembly Room sign

The Assembly Room is also known as the Music Room (3rd Floor)

Women's side of Assembly Room

Women’s side of Assembly Room
Grand piano for entertainment

Men's side of Assembly Room

Men’s side of Assembly Room
Seems to me the gender stereotypes still holds true today, LOL

Stained glass ceiling of Assembly Room

Stained glass ceiling

Hubbard Tub Room sign

Hubbard Tub

Hubbard Tub
Therapeutic use or torture device?

Gymnasium sign



This concludes your tour, folks. I hope you enjoyed it. Please proceed to the nearest exit. 😛

P.S. There were lots more other rooms, including Cooling Rooms, Massage Rooms, and a Beauty Parlor for the ladies.

I’m saddened to report Jeff and I didn’t have any dessert at all during those 2 days!  Also, Jeff wasn’t immuned to my ickies after all. He came down with a fever during this Visitors Center tour.

Stay tuned for Date #5

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