Virginia Celebrates Architecture

Bath Houses at the Warm Springs Pools

City: Warm Springs
Date: 1761
Architect: unknown
County: Bath

18 Responses to Bath Houses at the Warm Springs Pools

  1. Thanks VSAIA for nominating the Bath Houses. They are quite magical and we are doing our best to ensure that they will be around for many future generations of visitors. Everyone needs to come and “take the waters.”

  2. Carol Womack says:

    My mother (Flo Womack,former Baskerville employee) and I have been there many times in the past. Going first thing in the morning on a cool day, the steam was incredible. It was just always a wonderous experience. Thank you for considering the Warm Springs Bathhouses as such an important landmark.

  3. Glenn says:

    George Washington swam here

  4. Scott Miller says:

    We must save these jewels!

  5. Incredibly beautiful, unique and important site for American architecture.

  6. Not only is this site historical, it’s magical!

  7. Joan Phelps says:

    The pools at Warm Springs, now known as the Jefferson pools, are unique not only in their value as one of the few warm springs on the east coast for bathing, but also have value as an historic property. The Homestead Hotel(recently purchased by Omni) in Hot Springs presently owns this treasure. Through the years, the past owners of the Homestead allowed the historic buildings that surround the pools to fall into some disrepair, focusing more on improving the amenities modern guests expect while visiting. However, the history has been preserved with photos and diaries from both hotel archives and interested local parties. The natural pools are exactly body temperature by nature, bubble up through the ground, through the pools, remain chlorine free, and go through a spillway. There are two buildings that surround the pools…one for ladies and one for men…as was appropriate at the time the buildings were originally constructed. Hopefully, your committee will see the value of supporting the effort to preserve and/or restore the buildings to their original state as much as possible and still comply with modern statutes.
    Respectfully,
    Joan

  8. Hella Armstrong says:

    The Warm Springs Pools are one of the oldest Mineral pools in the U.S. (200 years in existence, still with most of the original structure in place) architecturally one of a kind.
    The Pools have a great importance to be recognized in the History of the United States.

  9. Carolyn Kendig says:

    These Bath Houses should be saved.

  10. Hella Armstrong says:

    The Warm Springs Pools are one of the oldest Mineral pools in the U.S.(200 years in existence, still with most of the
    original structure in place) architecturally one of a kind.
    The Pools have a great importance to be recognized in the History of the United States

  11. Cecil Armstrong says:

    The Warm Springs Pools are one of the oldest Mineral pools in the U.S.(200 years in existence, still with most of the
    original structure in place) architecturally one of a kind.
    The Pools have a great importance to be recognized in the History of the United States.

  12. K. Washburne says:

    Simple structures of unusual design are being lost. These have survived a long time and one understands they were designed by Thos. Jeffeerson. Maybe not, but entirely possible and representative of an early way of life in this country. They deserve high recognition.

  13. Terri Carper says:

    These are truely amazing for the time era.

  14. Terri Carper says:

    Would love to vote for this one, but it is grayed out. They computer site needs repaired.

  15. Peggy Payne says:

    A historical jewel. I bathed in them, and they are so refreshing. They are a site worthwhile of a visit.

  16. Sarah Solomon says:

    These bath houses are why The Homestead was built back in the day!! It has been a tragedy to see how KSL did not maintain the bath houses and they continued to deterioate. Friends of the Pools and I are more than happy to see The Omni as new owners hopefully take care and restore the pools. The Warm Springs Pools are such an important landmark to the area and to the whole state of Virginia.

    P.S. I cast my vote earlier.

  17. Rhea George says:

    Hi Terri,
    If the vote button is greyed out, then it means you’ve already voted for the site. Thanks for the vote! Check back in April to see if it made the top 100.

  18. Anita Back says:

    The Baths are not only historically significant, they are so entwined with the identity of the Warm Springs Valley that to lose them to neglect would represent a major blow to the spirit of our community. We are so encouraged that the Omni, a privately held company, has shown interest in preserving these iconic structures and values the the spirit-of-place that they stand for. Some things in life must be held higher in value than the “bottom line”.

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