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Hot Springs in Garland County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lamar Bathhouse

Hot Springs National Park

 
 
Lamar Bathhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 9, 2010
1. Lamar Bathhouse Marker
Inscription. The present masonry Lamar Bathhouse, completed in 1923, has a symmetrical, California style of architecture. The large lobby contains nostalgic murals of historic landscapes, and country scenes. Art Deco stairs, signs, and lights decorated the building. Advertising “a tub for every-sized person,” the Lamar Bathhouse also featured a large sun porch to promote “natural health”.

Like many Victorian bathhouses, the wooden 1890s Lamar Bathhouse had “stickwork” decorations and railed roof walkways. An investigator wrote of the buildings’ vulnerability:

“All agree that the vapor from the hot water rots all timber with which it comes in contact in remarkably short time…No more wooden buildings should be allowed.”

Captions:
Lamar Bathhouse in 1923
Sun porch of the first Lamar, about 1898
 
Location. 34° 30.738′ N, 93° 3.222′ W. Marker is in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in Garland County. Marker is on Central Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 Central Avenue, Hot Springs National Park AR 71901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buckstaff Bathhouse (a few steps from this
Lamar Bathhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 9, 2010
2. Lamar Bathhouse Marker
marker); Ozark Bathhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Bathhouse Row (within shouting distance of this marker); An American Spa (within shouting distance of this marker); Quapaw Bathhouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fordyce Bathhouse (about 500 feet away); Hollywood Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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