The National Park Service, through the Historic Properties Leasing Program, is offering these historic properties for business lease opportunities. The buildings are being rehabilitated to tenant-ready condition with federal funding. If you are interested in leasing one of these, please contact the superintendent's office: e-mail or phone at 501-623-2824.
The northernmost bathhouse on Bathhouse Row, the Superior was completed in 1916, designed by architect Harry C. Schwebke of Hot Springs, Arkansas. The building was constructed on the site of an earlier Superior Bathhouse and is simply designed in an eclectic commercial style of Classical Revival origin. It contains 7,966 square feet of leasable space. See floor plan.
This Hale was built in 1892-93, replacing an earlier Hale Bathhouse. The building underwent extensive renovations in 1919 (design by George Mann and Eugene Stern of Little Rock) and again in the late 1930s (design by Thompson, Sanders, and Ginocchio of Little Rock). The latter renovation changed the facade from neo-Classical Revival to Mission Style in 1939-40. The Hale contains 9,582 square feet of leasable space. The bathhouse business closed in 1978. See floor plan.
The Maurice Bathhouse is a three-story structure with a basement and exterior dimensions of 100 feet by 100 feet. It contains 17,979 square feet of leasable space. The exterior architecture is an eclectic mix of Spanish and Italian Renaissance Revival Styles. Faced with stucco and inset colored tiles, it has good proportions, simplicity of design, and crisp detailing. The entry is a sun porch with five arched windows set in antis between two pavilions. The five-bay motif is used again on the third floor in the central block.
The Maurice Bathhouse closed in 1974. See floor plan.
Through several phases over the past three years, each bathhouse available for lease was stabilized. Each got new insulated roofs and a modern heat and air system. Exterior accessibility ramps, improved drainage systems to control spring water seepage into the basements and structural support as needed were part of this effort.
When completed, the current phase of rehabilitation in the Superior and Hale Bathhouses will provide electric and plumbing systems. Similar work is beginning in the Maurice Bathhouse.
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Last updated: April 10, 2015