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    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

Ozark Bathhouse

color photo of Ozark Bathhouse from the south end of the building, with the sidewalk and lawn in front. It's a sunny day with a light blue sky with a few clouds. The Ozark is a white stucco building of the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture with a red tile roof and open porch.

Ozark Bathhouse

Designed by architects Mann and Stern of Little Rock, the bathhouse was completed in the summer of 1922, just a few months after the Quapaw opened for business. Built at a cost of $93,000 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the building is set between low towers whose receding windows suggest the nascent Art Deco movement. Like the Quapaw, the Ozark was more impressive in its exterior facade than in its interior appointments, with only 14,000 square feet and twenty-seven tubs. It catered to a middle economic class of bathers unwilling to pay for frills. The Ozark closed in 1977.


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

black and white photo of Rector's bathhouse, a small one story frame building near the edge of Hot Springs Creek

In May 1862, Arkansas Governor Henry Massie Rector moved the state government to his hotel and bathhouse located on Hot Springs Reservation, now Hot Springs National Park. That July, the government seat was moved further south to Old Washington for the remainder of the Civil War.