• water flowing over rocks into basin

    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Maurice Bathhouse

color photo of the Maurice from the north front side. It is a three story white stucco building of the California Modern style with large arched plate glass windows on all sides of the enclosed porch. Center of the roof you can see the skylight cover peaking over the top of the green tiled roof.

The massive Maurice Bathhouse was a close rival of the luxurious Fordyce.

Designed by architect George Gleim, Jr., the present Maurice Bathhouse was built by William (Billy) Maurice to replace an existing Victorian-style building, the Independent Bathhouse, later renamed the Maurice Bathhouse after owner Charles Maurice (William’s father). The present building opened for business on January 1, 1912. With a total floor space of 23,000 square feet, the three-story bathhouse had ample room for a complete range of services and amenities, including a gymnasium, staterooms, a roof garden, twin elevators, and in the 1930s a therapeutic pool, situated in the basement. It was the only bathhouse on the Row to have a pool. The Maurice closed in November 1974.

Read a brief history of the Maurice.
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Did You Know?

black and white photo of bronze eagle on top of limestone

In 1892 U.S. Army Lt. Robert R. Stevens hired the noted Boston firm of Frederick Law Olmsted to create landscaping plans for Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. Stevens rejected the firm’s plans in 1893, but some features were adopted and still survive today.