Bath House Art
April 21, 2017
Did anyone have an issue yesterday with their photo showing up in the Dailies? I was late posting, and it had comments, but I didn't ever see it show up. Humm, oh well.
The completely restored Fordyce bath house in Hot Springs is a designated National Park. It is beautiful and gives visitors a glimpse back into time when the bath houses were in their hey day. This is an original piece of art that is still in the men's side of the bath house, and it's beautiful.
The first floor introduces you to the beauty of the bathhouse. From the lobby's marble and stained glass transoms, to the marble partitions of the bath halls, to the stained glass ceiling in the Men's Bath Hall, you can see why the Fordyce Bathhouse was considered to be the best. This ceramic fountain is at one end of the Fordyce lobby. Spring water flowed from the spout at one time.
The Fordyce Bathhouse operated from 1915-1962, when it closed due to declining business. It remained vacant until reopening as the park visitor center in 1989. The Dressing Rooms and Men's Massage Rooms dominated the second floor.
The third floor showcases the Music Room. Its patterned tile floor, stained glass ceiling and Knabe grand piano exude opulence. State Rooms speak of the luxury of relaxation, while the Gymnasium gives a glimpse of the forerunner of modern health clubs.
If ever you find yourself in Hot Springs, AR this is a must visit stop on your journey.
"We always imagine eternity as something beyond our conception, something vast, vast! But why must it be vast? Instead of all that, what if it's one little room, like a bathhouse in the country, black and grimy and spiders in every corner, and that'” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Have an art-filled day today my friends!
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