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    Hot Springs

    National Park Arkansas

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  • RFP for Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses

    Requests for Proposals for the Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses are being accepted from 7/7/14 to 1/30/15. Click on the "Management" link in the left column for more information.

  • Elevator closure

    Hot Springs National Park regrets to announce that the elevator in the Fordyce Visitor Center is closed for maintenance. The upper and lower levels are accessible only by stairways. The elevator will be placed back into service in about 4 to 6 weeks.

  • 2015 Artist-in-Residence Program Cancelled

    Due to the 100th anniversary celebration for the Fordyce Bathhouse, there will be no Artist-in-Residence program at Hot Springs National Park for 2015. Check back later next year for announcements and application information for the 2016 AIR program.

Administration Building Video

 
Adminstration building, taken from southwest corner from across the street. The saucer magnolia on that corner of the building is in bloom.

Administration Building

NPS photo

I'm ranger Mark Blaeuer at Hot Springs National Park. We are at the south end of the National Historic Landmark District; we do have a plaque over here to indicate that. It became an NHL in 1987, and the Administration Building, here, actually opened in 1936. It was the latest of the buildings to go up on present-day Bathhouse Row. It started out as not just an administration building but the visitor center/museum for the park, a function that it held until 1989 when the museum and visitor center operations went down to the newly rehabilitated Fordyce Bathhouse. It was designed in 1936 by Charles Peterson and Thomas Vint of the Park Service's Eastern Planning Division. Peterson especially liked Spanish architecture; this is Spanish Colonial Revival. You have the clay tiles on a hip roof up there-you can just see the edges of them-and the wrought iron grilles on the first floor windows. Both French doors have five lights on them, coming out from second floor level to wrought iron balconies. And in the middle here, the most impressive feature is probably the Spanish Baroque doors with the pilasters, and frieze, cornice, and large finials above that. The building does have one other function: in the basement there is a pump room and reservoir to help distribute the thermal spring water.

Did You Know?

Black and white photo of the Government Free Bathhouse with a ranger walking on the sidewalk in front.

The Public Health Service operated a venereal disease clinic in the Government Free Bathhouse (1922-1948) in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. It was one of the first facilities in the United States to use penicillin. In 1948, the clinic transferred to the nearby Camp Garraday Transient Camp.