Fordyce Bathhouse

The exquisite stained glass ceiling of mermaides swimming in a pond over a statue of a native american woman offering water to a traveling man
The Men's Bathing Lobby

NPS Photo/Mitch Smtih

The first floor introduces you to the beauty of the bathhouse. From the lobby's marble and stained glass transoms, to the marble partitions of the bath halls, to the stained glass ceiling in the Men's Bath Hall, you can see why the Fordyce Bathhouse was considered to be the best. This ceramic fountain is at one end of the Fordyce lobby. Spring water flowed from the spout at one time.

The Fordyce Bathhouse operated from 1915-1962, when it closed due to declining business. It remained vacant until reopening as the park visitor center in 1989. Now you can watch an orientation movie and tour.

A grand piano with white lounge chairs and a decorative stained glass ceiling displaying what a Fordyce party room looked like
The Third Floor Party Room

NPS Photo/Mitch Smith

The Dressing Rooms and Men's Massage Rooms originally dominated the second floor. Now you can see modern exhibits in one of the former dressing rooms. You can watch a 9-minute movie that shows the traditional bath routine.

An old gymnasium with all wooden equipment, showing wooden lifting clubs and a climbing rope
Fordyce Bathhouse Gymnasium

NPS Photo/Mitch Smtih

The third floor showcases the Music Room. Its patterned tile floor, stained glass ceiling and Knabe grand piano exude opulence. State Rooms speak of the luxury of relaxation, while the Gymnasium gives a glimpse of the forerunner of modern health clubs.

Old black and white photo of two men bowling; each is holding ball ready to roll it down the lane; one man sits in the background
Businessmen enjoying the two lanes at the Fordyce bowling alley.

Historic Fordyce Bathhouse brochure

The Fordyce was the only bathhouse to have a bowling alley. The Fordyce Spring was on display in the basement, too, while other areas were strictly for maintenance of the bathhouse. Today you can still see the Fordyce Spring, the original Otis elevator mechanism and use modern rest rooms.


Last updated: September 8, 2020

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