Buckstaff Bathhouse

Then & Now
Early sepia toned photograph of the Buckstaff Bathhouse as seen looking North on the Row. Modern day view of the Buckstaff. Blue awnings adorn the front, a green manicured lawn surrounds it.
Buckstaff Bathhouse, 1912. NPS Photo/HOSP Archives
Buckstaff Batthouse, 2020. NPS Photo
Buckstaff Bathhouse
Buckstaff Bathhouse

NPS photo/Mitch Smith

Bathhouse History

The Buckstaff Bathhouse, named for controlling shareholders George and Milo Buckstaff, replaced the former Rammelsberg Bathhouse, a brick Victorian structure. The Rammelsberg replaced the A. B. Gaines bathhouse destroyed in the 1878 fire, but evidently there was a brick bathhouse on the site in the late 1850s as well. Designed by Frank W. Gibb and Company, Architects, the Buckstaff cost $125,000 to build and contains 27,000 square feet on three main floors. Because it has been in continuous operation since it opened on February 1, 1912 it is one of the best preserved of all of the bathhouses on Bathhouse Row. However, it has undergone many changes over the years. Originally it had a large hydrotherapeutic department, which only it, the Fordyce, and the Imperial offered.


The Buckstaff is the only bathhouse that offers a traditional bathing experience and has been in continuous operation since opening its doors in 1912. Visit the Buckstaff Baths website to find out about taking a bath.

Old wooden, two-story Rammelsberg Bathhouse circa 1900 with multiple trees on lawn in front of building. Sign on building advertises 21 baths for $3.
Rammelsberg Bathhouse circa 1900

Hot Springs National Park Archives, NPS photo

Architecture & Design

Classical in design, with imposing Doric columns and urns gracing the front of the building, the Buckstaff features taupe brick with white stucco and wood trim. It epitomizes the Edwardian style of classically designed buildings popular during the first decade of the 20th century. Colorado marble is used throughout the interior, particularly in the bath halls. The floors are of white and colored hexagonal tile in varying patterns. All levels may be accessed by way of stairs or the building’s original elevator, with an ornate interior reminiscent of the Golden Age of Bathing. The current capacity of the building is 1,000 bathers per day.

An active scene in front of the Fordyce Bathhouse; people sitting ,walking, and looking joyous.

Bathhouse Row

Bathhouse Row is home to the Park's historic bathhouses. Learn about what is available in each of the bathhouses today.

Thermal pool with green algae

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Walking down bathhouse row, 2 historical figures are seen blended into a modern day photo.

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A view from West Mountain overlook looking across rolling hills with fall colored leaves.


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Late Archaic to Early Woodland Novaculite projectile point


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Last updated: October 2, 2020

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