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.
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.
Superior Bathhouse Video
Hello, I'm ranger Mark Blaeuer. We are at the Superior Bathhouse. The Superior opened in 1916, but it was named after an earlier Superior, from the 1880s, that stood on the same location. This building was designed by Harry Schwebke, who also designed the Lamar Bathhouse. He had offices in Arkansas and in Oklahoma. This building is sometimes referred to as eclectic in its architecture, as a clean commercial sort of style. I have heard people refer to it as "schoolhouse architecture," but it is one of the plainer bathhouses on the Row. It has pilasters in front with a patera over each pilaster, painted black. And this building was named after the superior service that they advertised themselves as giving. This building operated until 1983. We suspect there may have been another reason for the name, though, in that many people who came to Hot Springs did so by railroad after the 1880s, and came down from the upper Midwest. There was a Milwaukee Hotel, an Ohio Club, an Indiana Club, a Knickerbocker Hotel, all reflecting places farther north. So, a name like this might well have appealed to folks coming from Wisconsin or Minnesota.
Read more about the history of this building.
Did You Know?
Hot Springs Reservation, the first designation of Hot Springs National Park, was set aside by Congress in 1832. This makes Hot Springs National Park the oldest unit in the national park system, 40 years older than Yellowstone National Park.