Fordyce Bathhouse

Then & Now
Historic photo of the Fordyce Bathhouse. Modern image of the Fordyce Bathhouse.
Fordyce Bathhouse, 1915. NPS Photo/HOSP Archives
Fordyce Bathhouse, 2020. NPS Photo



 
Fordyce Bathhouse during golden hour. The rhombus pattern yellow bricks shine like diamonds in the yellow sun
The beautiful Fordyce Bathhouse now houses the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center

NPS Photo/Mitch Smith

History

The Fordyce opened March 1, 1915. Designed by Little Rock architects Mann and Stern and constructed under the supervision of owner Sam Fordyce's son John, the building eventually cost over $212,000 to build, equip, and furnish. Totaling approximately 28,000 square feet, the Fordyce is the largest bathhouse on the Row. It has three main floors, two courtyards, and a basement under most of the building. The Fordyce became the first bathhouse on the Row to go out of business when it suspended operations on June 30, 1962, but it was extensively restored by 1989 and is now enjoying a renaissance as a historically furnished museum.




Today

The Fordyce Bathhouse today functions as the park’s visitor center. You can talk with a park ranger, gather more information about the Park and local area, or join a ranger program.

Take a peek at some refurnished rooms.

 


 
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.

A couple sits on a park bench looking at the hot water cascade in the park.

Arlington Lawn

Arlington Lawn features a Hot Water Cascade and hasn't always been what it is today. Learn more about its fiery history.

Sepia toned photograph of a historic bathtub in the Fordyce Bathhouse.

Soak in the Springs

Fully submerge yourself in the thermal water and let your worries melt away.

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

History & Culture

Learn more about Hot Spring National Park's unique cultural and natural history.

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

Nature

Learn about the natural resources at Hot Springs National Park. This includes information about our thermal water, wildlife, and plants.

Last updated: October 2, 2020

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Mailing Address:

101 Reserve Street
Hot Springs , AR 71901

Phone:

(501) 620-6715

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