Did you know that public bathhouses were a thing in the early 1900s’? The old photograph below gives an idea of what these bathhouses looked like! Yikes!
To help combat the city’s public health problem, public bathhouses were constructed around New York City. The first one opened on Mott Street in 1851. However, it wasn’t until 1901 that the first year-round public bathhouse opened on Rivington Street, years after the New York Senate passed a law in April 1895 requiring the construction of free public baths in cities of 50,000 people or more. Prior to this, temporary floating baths along the river served this need, but pollution soon made them unusable.
Aren’t you glad we now have bathtubs/showers installed in our own homes? Be sure to call All Types Plumbing and Drain to keep your bathrooms running in tip top shape! Please like and share.