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    Hot Springs

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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.

Maurice Bathhouse Video

 
Maurice Bathhouse from north end of front

Maurice Bathhouse

NPS photo

Hello. I'm Ranger Mark Blaeuer and we're at the Maurice Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs National Park. The Maurice opened in 1912; it was built during 1911 and opened New Year's Day. It was owned by Billy Maurice. His father Charles had come here years before. The Maurice Bathhouse stands on the site of an earlier Maurice Bathhouse. This one is Mediterranean in style, designed by architect George ?Grime who had an office in New York. The sun porch in front is now enclosed because just three years after this building opened, it was extensively renovated. It was one of the two most elegant bathhouses on Bathhouse Row and was quite a rival with the Fordyce Bathhouse next door. Sam Fordyce had waited until Billy Maurice had finished his building in 1912 before he tore down the Palace Bathhouse and built the Fordyce. That opened in 1915. As soon as the Fordyce was done with Mann and Stern, Billy Maurice hired Mann and Stern to extensively renovate the Maurice. Even though it had been built as the "Bathhouse Beautiful" when it opened in 1912, it was overshadowed for those three years. In that renovation, the architects enclosed the sun porch in front, they added a Roycroft Den inside which contained a pool table and stained glass skylight. In fact, there were several stained glass skylights in this building in the bath halls that certainly competed well with the stained glass skylights in the Fordyce. This building closed in 1974. It is for lease at this time. All of these bathhouses are part of a National Historic Landmark District, the Bathhouse Row NHL District. Again, this was one of the more elegant bathhouses on the row.

Read more about the history of this building.

Did You Know?

black and white head and shoulders shot of James Cary with ranger hat on and building in background

Hot Springs National Park Ranger James Cary was the first National Park Service ranger to be killed in the line of duty. He was shot by bootleggers while patrolling West Mountain on March 12, 1927.