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.
Built in 1915, closed 1962; opened as Visitors Center in 1989
Renaissance Revival architectural style
Model of Bathhouse Row
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
Historically, more men used the bathing facilities than women
Shower and regulator
Would you dare step foot in here?
Stained glass ceiling in Men’s Bathhall
To view photo in Flickr, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/yummies4tummies/4271729239
Men’s Locker Room (2nd Floor)
The Ladies’ lockers look similar
The Assembly Room is also known as the Music Room (3rd Floor)
Women’s side of Assembly Room
Grand piano for entertainment
Men’s side of Assembly Room
Seems to me the gender stereotypes still holds true today, LOL
Stained glass ceiling
Therapeutic use or torture device?
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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