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Pythian Bathhouse & Hotel, 415 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Garland County, AR



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HB54484
West Front

HB54485
West Front From Southwest

HB54486
West Front From Northwest


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Location
415 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS AR-29
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-9).
Building/structure dates: 1914 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1923 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1945 subsequent work
For related bathhouses on Bathhouse Row, see HABS No. AR-28 through AR-28-I. See also HABS No. AR-34-A through AR-34-C for related information.

Significance: The original Pythian Hotel and Bathhouse was built in 1914 by the Knights of Pythias as the only black bathing facility in Hot Springs. It was designed by W.T. Bailey of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and built on the site of the Crystal Bathhouse, which burned in 1913. Until then, the Crystal Bathhouse had been the only such local establishment catering to "colored" people. In 1923 the Pythian Hotel was enlarged and renovated by architect D. McDaniel of Hot Springs into what remains substantially its present form.

Subjects
Building Deterioration
Bathing
African Americans


Related Names
Knights Of Pythian
Bailey, W. T.
McDaniel, D.
Kliwinski, Leonard, Field Team
McCall, Gregory, Field Team
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer
Dolinsky, Paul D., Delineator
McCormick, Brian, Delineator
Anderson, J. Scott, Delineator
Wininsky, Daniel, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. WEST FRONT
2. WEST FRONT FROM SOUTHWEST
3. WEST FRONT FROM NORTHWEST


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