Established in 1891, the People's Bath House ushered in the progressive era of public baths to Pittsburgh. By 1920 there were dozens throughout the city. Today there are four.
We're working to preserve their story.
At the height of the progressive hygiene movement, dozens of public bath houses were scattered throughout Pittsburgh's many neighborhoods. Today, only four remain (one of which is the last functioning bath house in Pennsylvania). Preservation Pittsburgh is working to collect their story, protect what remains, and promote Pittsburgh's rich history of public bathing.
Collect written & oral histories related to the bath houses.
Landmark each remaining bath house on the City of Pittsburgh's Register of Historic Places and pursue a thematic listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Promote public bathing history in Pittsburgh through publications, community engagement, walking tours, and collaboration with public and private stakeholders.