Yesterday, I posted on some of the most beautiful public bathrooms, and today, I am going to show some less beautiful, but still public baths... Don't be scared!
The house where I lived before I moved to Wales was built in the late 1800's and it still had an outdoor bathroom until the early 1960's, if you can imagine that! Houses, especially the small workers rowhouses in Baltimore's older neighbourhoods didn't have indoor facilities, but had outhouses in the back. For baths, people used the public baths in the neighbourhoods.
There are still a few public bath buildings in Baltimore, including one right around the corner from me. Several of these public bath-houses were funded by Henry Walters, who also gave the funds for the world-reknowned Walters Art Museum, after a trip to Egypt. During this time, he became aware of the relationship between cleanliness and sanitation to public health.
These elegant little buildings were built on 46 x 70 foot lots and had both showers and baths as well as public laundry facilities. Several of these buildings still remain, but they have all been converted to other uses.