Bathhouse Row, Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Bathhouse Row is a collection of eight his­toric bath­house structures built in the 1910s and 1920s. This area is unique to the National Park system in that the natural resources historically have been harnessed and used rather than pre­served in their natural state. The only area of its kind in the country, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. Two of the bath­houses are still in active use, one as a bath­house and one as the Park Visitor Center. The other six bath­houses had been vacant since the early to mid 1980s.

Our project provided resto­ration work in primary historic areas, and shell and core level rehabili­tation of all the structures, totaling 105,000 sf. The work was focused on correcting problems caused by high humidity and settle­ment. Construction restored the main interior historic spaces to their period of signif­icance and rehabili­tated the remaining rooms for lease or concession contract.

The scope of work for the six vacant bath­houses included:

  • Identification of primary, secondary, and tertiary historic areas for each
  • Analyses of glass, paint, plaster, metals, and tile dome
  • Accessibility analysis and addition of modern elevators into the historic fabric of the buildings
  • Preparation of Historic Structure Reports including Cultural Landscape Assessments
  • Construction Documents and Construction Phase Services for rehabilitation of five of the six bathhouses