The Natatorium: Fort Worth's luxury bath house, 1890.
At a cost of $150,000 to build The Natatorium was fitted with elegant marble baths, swimming pool and Turkish bath facilities. The four story building at East Third & Commerce was a social center with private rooms for parties and clubs as well as a hotel for "gentlemen only." It's rooms were equipped with steam heat, electric lights and modern conveniences. At a time when a Saturday night bath in a tub in your kitchen heated with boiling water from the stove was in, the Natatorium was ultimate in luxury. Baths were known as a part of Fort Worth's history. Trail drivers from the Chisholm Trail looked forward to their stay here. They could enjoy a hot bath, a shave, hair cut, manicures, pedicures and shoe or boot shines all for men only. This building stood where today's Commerce Building sits right next to Sundance Square (another FW social water area.) Funny how some things never change.
Pic 1-The Natatorium 1890
Pic 2- The Commerce building standing on the footprint of The Natatorium
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