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Public Bath House

Mike Lamb

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10 hours ago, Jim Katen said:

It seems oddly symmetrical. Were the separate entrances for men & women? 

"Chicago’s public baths were simple and utilitarian. Most were named after notable public officials. Separate facilities for men and women were not provided; they were simply accommodated for on different days. A waiting room was usually provided in a small outcropping to the side of the main building. The early bathhouses were built with very little ornament with the exception of the name of the bath above the entrance. Later bathhouses appear to have been built with more design in mind, but they were still very simple overall."

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