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Ozark Cultural Center (Ozark Bathhouse)

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1922–1923, Mann and Stern. 425 Central Ave.
  • (Photograph by Robert S. Salzar)

The Ozark Bathhouse was one of the last of the large bathhouses built on Bathhouse Row. The two-story building is a five-part composition with a recessed central portion between two square towers and end wings; it is finished in stucco and has a red tile roof. Its design is basically Spanish Colonial Revival, though with a more plain character than the Quapaw Baths and Spa (GA5), and the several horizontal bands that wrap the building along with the curved end wings add a slight Art Deco flavor. The central lobby continues the traditional bathhouse design of marble hallways leading to men’s facilities in one direction and women’s in the other. Closed as a bathhouse in 1977, the building reopened in 2014 as a cultural center.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Ozark Cultural Center (Ozark Bathhouse)", [Hot Springs, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 163-163.

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