Fordyce Bathhouse, a meticulous throwback to another era

Interior, Fordyce Bathhouse - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Interior, Fordyce Bathhouse – Hot Springs, Arkansas

Fordyce is one of the eight restored bathhouses on bathhouse row in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It serves as the visitor’s information center for Hot Springs National Park. Completed in 1915, its grandeur was meant to match or exceed that of its contemporary European bathhouses.

The free, self guided tour is available for the entire facility and worth a visit. The place was clearly designed to impress with large expanses of marble, stained glass and statues. But the 100-year-old machines look vaguely like torture equipment. The gymnasium looks familiar, though they seem really enamored by rings.

All photos shot with the Panasonic TZ50 travel zoom.

Interior Fordyce Bathhouse - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Interior Fordyce Bathhouse - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Interior Fordyce Bathhouse - Hot Springs, Arkansas
Interior Fordyce Bathhouse - Hot Springs, Arkansas

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