Monday, January 5, 2009

Fancy a Bath?

11th Street Public Bath, 538 East 11th St. This elaborate Beaux-Arts style bathhouse, located between avenues A and B, was completed in 1906 to alleviate sanitary problems in the City’s tenements, few of which had baths or showers. The limestone-clad structure was meant to stand out as an example of civic pride. It was used as a public bath until the 1950s, and purchased in 1995 by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams and converted into a fashion and corporate photography studio. It was also used as a location shot for the film, Ragtime


joy said...

Very cool shot. I'll make a note to go by there one day. Thanks!

Virginia said...

With so many homeless on our streets now. This would be welcome sight. Such a handsome structure.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I have often wondered about those days and cannot imagine going without a bath like they did. When I am in the bush, the most I can manage is one day, then I find a stream and bathe with the crocodiles. :)

sonia a. mascaro said...

Very nice photo and building!

Hilda said...

I just can't imagine what public baths were like!

At least this is one beautiful, old NYC building that wasn't torn down! Somehow, it seems right that it's a photography studio now.

Anonymous said...

Good stuff, Ken. I was curious about who owned this place now...I've seen a few red-carpet-type events happening here. (From the outside, of course!)

Daryl said...

Never knew this was here .. nor the naughty girls below ...

I'll be back, like your photos a lot.

Thanks for visiting mine!

and your Avatar? Love Bogey!

Judy said...

Great use for this fine old building, is that solar on top?

Laurie Allee said...

What a gorgeous building. I, too, am rather fascinated by the idea of those old public baths.

Women in scanty dress, public bath buildings... your 2009 images have taken on a rather interesting flavor! ;-)

PJ said...

I think that it was a lovely gesture on the part of public health but I'm going to try not to think about what the experience must have been like. Now, bathing in Japanese public baths, that's a different story.

Unknown said...

Gorgeous façade! Would love to see the building inside.

marley said...

Its a fine looking building. I bet it was well used in its hay-day. Its good that it's still in use.

Jane Hards Photography said...

Film trivia, photography, and outdated practises. Great post for me. Public baths died out in the UK in he 60's and those baths have often been used for TV and Brit Cinema. Like V's homeless idea. No one should be on the street, and no building like this should be neglected.

gogouci said...

Hey, who can pass up a bath, especially a free one.

Virginia said...

Damn our friend rchrd is GOOD isn't he! Thanks for telling me about him.

Dave said...

This building certainly has history, twice! The plaque was interesting to enlarge and read too. - Dave

Unknown said...

From the today perspective, I can hardly imagine to take a bath in a public bath...Cause it is for me an intimate process..But it is always an opinion from the next generation....Today, we probably doing something what in the future will be unimaginable...Nice shot!

Anonymous said...

Great looking building... looks like a fortress.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Thank you Ken Mac for the visiting and comment.

I confess to you that I have been a bit lazy to post... LOL! I am enjoying my break because now I have much time to enjoy my friends blogs that I love, like your blog.
See you soon.

Anonymous said...

Very cool shot and very cool history. I've never seen this building before.


Tanya Breese said...

Super cool photo. I've never seen a bath house before, except in movies!

Jerez Sherry said...

I had no idea Ken! I thought all the public baths were in Japan! lol
Impressed, and curious!

Unknown said...

ninest123 08.28
ugg boots, oakley sunglasses, burberry outlet online, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike air max, uggs on sale, louboutin outlet, oakley sunglasses, polo ralph lauren outlet, nike free, louis vuitton, michael kors outlet, longchamp outlet, nike outlet, michael kors outlet, oakley sunglasses, louboutin, ray ban sunglasses, michael kors outlet, burberry, ugg boots, ugg boots, ugg boots, ray ban sunglasses, longchamp, prada outlet, prada handbags, louis vuitton, tiffany and co, replica watches, gucci outlet, louboutin shoes, longchamp outlet, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet, louis vuitton outlet, christian louboutin outlet, replica watches, jordan shoes, louis vuitton, tory burch outlet, louis vuitton outlet, nike air max, tiffany jewelry, michael kors

Unknown said...

north face, longchamp pas cher, vanessa bruno, hogan, sac longchamp, sac guess, lacoste pas cher, kate spade handbags, true religion jeans, air jordan pas cher, lululemon, converse pas cher, michael kors, air max, chanel handbags, louboutin pas cher, new balance pas cher, hollister, tn pas cher, true religion outlet, true religion jeans, vans pas cher, north face, coach purses, kate spade outlet, air force, ralph lauren pas cher, hollister pas cher, ray ban pas cher, burberry, coach outlet, true religion jeans, coach factory outlet, oakley pas cher, michael kors, coach outlet, ray ban uk, nike blazer, nike free, nike roshe run, hermes, mulberry, timberland, michael kors, nike air max

Unknown said...

mcm handbags, abercrombie and fitch, nike trainers, celine handbags, birkin bag, ferragamo shoes, chi flat iron, baseball bats, nike huarache, ralph lauren uk, mont blanc, new balance, north face outlet, nike air max, soccer jerseys, babyliss, valentino shoes, abercrombie and fitch, nike air max, mac cosmetics, p90x workout, nike free run uk, hollister, lululemon, instyler, nike air max, jimmy choo shoes, reebok shoes, nike roshe, nike roshe, asics running shoes, longchamp, herve leger, ghd, hollister, giuseppe zanotti, insanity workout, beats by dre, vans shoes, bottega veneta, soccer shoes, nfl jerseys, wedding dresses, north face outlet, iphone 6 cases

Unknown said...

bottes ugg, marc jacobs, ugg pas cher, pandora charms, vans, montre pas cher, thomas sabo, swarovski, toms shoes, michael kors handbags, michael kors outlet online, doke gabbana outlet, timberland boots, lancel, louboutin, supra shoes, ugg boots uk, michael kors outlet, replica watches, louis vuitton, links of london, swarovski crystal, ugg,ugg australia,ugg italia, coach outlet, louis vuitton, oakley, ralph lauren, nike air max, pandora jewelry, ray ban, gucci, pandora charms, sac louis vuitton pas cher, converse, wedding dresses, juicy couture outlet, karen millen, hollister, louis vuitton, ugg,uggs,uggs canada, louis vuitton, converse outlet, hollister, juicy couture outlet
ninest123 08.28

Unknown said...

louis vuitton outlet,
basketball shoes,
coach handbags,
black friday 2015,
cyber monday deals,
true religion jeans,
michael kors outlet store,
ray ban sunglasses,
ray ban sunglasses,
tiffany jewellery,
ray ban sunglasses,
true religion jeans,
designer handbags,
ugg boots,
rolex watches,
nike free,
nike free 5,
true religion jeans,
gucci handbags,
cyber monday 2015,
tiffany outlet,
moncler coats,
oakley outlet,
kobe bryant shoes,