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Old Jun 7, 2007, 9:24 PM   #1
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I will ask indulgence of forum members for a third posting today. I thought we were going to go a couple of more days with old buildings, so I was saving this one for tomorrow. Since the time of Hernando De Soto's visit, Hot Springs has been known for its hot healing baths. The Fordyce Bath House opened in 1915, and according to an ad during its construction

Will be the most practical, complete and luxurious bath house the world has ever known. Surpassing in magnificence the palatial baths of Ancient Rome.





This establishment is to be the acme of architectural and structural grandeur

Open January 1[suP]st[/suP], 1915

[align=left]It operated until the 1960's when it joined most of "Bath House Row" in falling into decline and closure. During the 1990's the bath houses were bought by the National Parks Service and are being renovated. The Fordyce has been converted to be the Parks Service visitors center.[/align]
[align=left](The tower in the background is the rehab center from an earlier post.)[/align]
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Old Jun 7, 2007, 9:30 PM   #2
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The craftsmanship shown in its construction can be seen in the window detail
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Beautiful shots and a great commentary on it's history.
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Old Jun 8, 2007, 6:32 AM   #4
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Beautiful building. I love the detail.
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Old Jun 8, 2007, 10:15 AM   #5
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I echo all the comments made by others. Great shots and commentary.

Looks like you were have some fun with fonts!??

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Old Jun 8, 2007, 10:52 AM   #6
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lol on the fonts, cal. Actually, I was cutting and pasting from a web page that had some of the historical detail on the building and wasn't sure how to change the fonts back.
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