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Gymnasium, Fordyce Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
Image by Ken Lund
The Fordyce bathhouse is the most elaborate and was the most expensive of the bathhouses in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the cost including fixtures and furniture being 2,749.55 US. It was closed on June 29, 1962, the first of the Row establishments to fall victim to the decline in popularity of therapeutic bathing. Fordyce Bathhouse has served as the park visitor center since 1989.
The Fordyce bathhouse was built in 1914–15, designed by George Mann and Eugene John Stern of Little Rock, Arkansas. Its surpassing elegance was intentional, as Samuel Fordyce waited to observe the Maurice’s construction to find out if he could build "a more attractive and convenient" facility. It was built as a testimonial to the healing waters to which Mr. Fordyce believed he owed his life. It represents the "Golden Age of Bathing" in America, the pinnacle of the American bathing industry’s efforts to create a spa rivaling those of Europe. The Fordyce offered all the treatments available in other houses.
The Fordyce provided for the well-being of the whole patron – body, mind, and spirit. It offered a museum where prehistoric Indian relics were displayed, bowling lanes and a billiard room for recreation, a gymnasium for exercise, a roof garden for clean air and sun, and a variety of assembly rooms and staterooms for conversation and reading.
In style, the building is primarily a Renaissance Revival structure, with both Spanish and Italian elements. The building is a three-story structure of brick construction, with a decorative cream-colored brick facing with terra cotta detailing. The foundation and porch are constructed of Batesville limestone. On the upper two stories, the brickwork is patterned in a lozenge design. The first floor exterior of the front elevation to the west is finished with rusticated terra cotta (shaped to look like ashlar stone masonry). The remainder of the first floor is finished with glazed brick. A marquee of stained glass and copper with a parapet of Greek design motifs overhangs the open entrance porch. The north and south end walls have curvilinear parapets of Spanish extraction. These side walls have highly decorative terra cotta windows on the first floor. On the front elevation, the fenestration defines the seven bays of the structure and provides the architectural hierarchy typical of Renaissance Revival style buildings. The windows on the first floor are of simple rectangular design. Those on the second floor are paired six-light casements within an elaborate terra cotta molding that continues up around the arched window/door openings of the third floor. The arches of those openings are incorporated into the terra cotta frieze that elegantly finishes the top of the wall directly below the cornice. Visible portions of the roof are hipped, covered with decorative tile. Hidden portions of the roof are flat, with the exception of the large skylights constructed of metal frames and wire glass.
Hubbard Tub with wooden patient lift (2006), in the Fordyce.The first floor contains the marble-walled lobby, flanked by terra cotta fountains, which has stained glass clerestory windows and ceramic tile flooring. In the vicinity of the lobby desk are a check room, attendant dispatch room, and elevators. The north and central portions of the building house the men’s facilities: cooling room, pack room, steam room, hydrotherapy room, and bath hall. The women’s facilities, considerably smaller in size, are at the south end of the building. Originally there was a 30 tub capacity. Although the men’s and women’s bath halls both have stained glass windows in aquatic motifs, the most impressive stained glass is the massive skylight in the men’s area, with the DeSoto fountain centered on the floor directly below it. The second floor originally had dressing rooms, lockers, cooling rooms, and massage and mechano-therapy departments; now it is largely occupied by wood changing stalls, with entry to a centrally located quarry-tile courtyard for sunbathing. The third floor houses a massive ceramic-tiled Hubbard Currence therapeutic tub (a full body immersion whirlpool installed in 1938 when other hydrotherapeutic pools were also added), areas for men’ s and women’ s parlors, and a wood panelled gymnasium to the rear. The most impressive space on the third floor is the assembly room (now museum) where the segmentally arched vaults of the ceiling are filled in with arched, stained glass skylights. Arched wood frame doors surrounded by fanlights and sidelights open out to the small balconies of the front elevation. The basement houses various mechanical equipment, a bowling alley (since removed), and the Fordyce spring – a glazed tile room with an arched ceiling and a plate glass window covering over the natural hot spring (spring number 46).
Colonel Samuel W. Fordyce was an important figure in the history of Hot Springs – soldier, entrepreneur, and community leader. After experiencing the curative powers of the thermal waters in treating a Civil War injury, he moved to Hot Springs and was involved in numerous businesses including the Arlington and Eastman Hotels, several bathhouses, a theater, the horsecar line, and utilities. Fordyce had a hand in virtually every development which shaped the community and Bathhouse Row from the 1870s to the 1920s.
View from Scenic Mountain Drive up Hot Springs Mountain in Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Hot Springs is the 10th most populous city in the U.S. state of Arkansas, the county seat of Garland County, and the principal city of the Hot Springs Metropolitan Statistical Area encompassing all of Garland County. According to 2008 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 39,467.
Hot Springs is traditionally best known for the natural spring water that gives it its name, flowing out of the ground at a temperature of 147 degrees Fahrenheit (64 degrees C). Hot Springs National Park is the oldest federal reserve in the USA, and the tourist trade brought by the famous springs make it a very successful spa town.
The city takes its name from the natural thermal water that flows from 47 springs on the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain in the historic downtown district of the city. About a million gallons of 143-degree water flow from the springs each day. The rate of flow is not affected by fluctuations in the rainfall in the area. Studies by National Park Service scientists have determined through carbon dating that the water that reaches the surface in Hot Springs fell as rainfall in an as-yet undetermined watershed 4,000 years earlier. The water percolates very slowly down through the earth’s surface until it reaches superheated areas deep in the crust and then rushes rapidly to the surface to emerge from the 47 hot springs.
A small channel of hot spring water known as Hot Springs Creek runs under ground from an area near Park Avenue to Bath House Row.
New Orleans: Sustaining Social Change
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Why do some social enterprises succeed when others fail? In New Orleans, the Post-Katrina era has seen an influx of innovative social entrepreneurs attempting to solve problems familiar to urban communities around the world. Five years later, some efforts have proven sustainable while others have not. This panel gathered New Orleans-based practitioners and leaders in the fields of entrepreneurship, sustainable agriculture, journalism and poverty relief to explore successful approaches to sustaining social change.
Herman "Dutch" Leonard, George F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management at the Kennedy School and Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and Cochair of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School
Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard is George F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management at Harvard Kennedy School and Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and Co-Chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School. He teaches leadership, organizational strategy, crisis management, and financial management. His current research concentrates on crisis management, corporate social responsibility, and performance management. He is a member of the board of directors of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a 1-million-member Massachusetts HMO. He was formerly a member of the board of directors of the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Hitachi Foundation, the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority, and of Civic Investments, a nonprofit organization that assists charitable enterprises with capital financing; a member of the Research and Education Advisory Panel of the General Accounting Office; a member of the Massachusetts Performance Enhancement Commission; and a member of the Alaska Governor’s Council on Economic Policy. He served as Chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Task Force on Tuition Prepayment Plans. He received a PhD in economics in 1979 from Harvard.
Joseph Brock: Executive Director, NOLA Green Roots
Joseph Brock is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. A 2005 Loyola University New Orleans graduate of science, Joseph has a keen eye for the individual elements that make up the whole of any Web site, pot of soil or business deal. He has dedicated his life to educating young people, and has experience working as a Juvenile Counselor to Executive Director of a local run non-profit organization called SAWP (Study And Work Pay) Organizationwhich helps high school students prepare for college. While working at SAWP, Brock helped over 1,400 students prepare to enter and succeed in college!
Currently, Brock owns J. Brock Web Design and is the Executive Director of NOLA Green Roots. He has built several operating gardens in the New Orleans metro area that feed many and teach thousands. Brock is serving his community by revolutionizing the way urban-dwellers receive and perceive fresh fruit and vegetables. His true passion is the science in gardening. He partners with high schools located around these community gardens to hold gardening classes every week. He is a savvy businessman who loves creating not just sustainable community gardens, but sustainable business models and business plans.
Ariella Cohen: Co-Founder, The Lens
Ariella Cohen is a co-founder of The Lens, the Gulf Coast’s first nonprofit investigative news outlet. The site specializes in unique, in-depth coverage of New Orleans, with an eye toward government accountability and transparency. Cohen founded The Lens after two years reporting on the city’s rebuilding for New Orleans City Business, and the national urban affairs magazine, Next American City. Through her reporting, she observed a need for deeper coverage of the city’s ongoing recovery and met the local bloggers and journalists who would eventually become The Lens. In its second year of operation, the site is supported by grants from Open Society Foundation, Knight Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, and the Zeitoun Foundation started by author Dave Eggers. Cohen now writes for The Lens and manages its grant support.
Her reporting on public policy, housing and community development has appeared in a range of online and print publications, including Newsweek, Newsweek.Com, Harpers Index, The Brooklyn Paper and Planning, the national magazine of the American Planning Association.
Cohen graduated from Oberlin College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing.
Robert X. Fogarty: Director, evacuteer.org
Robert X. Fogarty, 27, is the director of evacuteer.org and founder of Dear World. He started evacuteer.org, an emergency preparedness non-profit, after assisting the City of New Orleans in the largest hurricane evacuation in United States history. This evacuation before Hurricane Gustav involved 18,000 residents without cars.
Evacuteer.org trains 500 volunteers each hurricane season to assist in the event of a mandatory evacuation and fills a critical component of the City of New Orleans’ emergency operations plan. The organization also researches and promotes innovative emergency preparedness strategy.
In 2011, Fogarty started Dear World, a scalable version of Dear New Orleans, his for-profit photography venture for social good. Fogarty has photographed thousands, including Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Drew Brees, Academy Award Winner Susan Sarandon and NBA All Star Chris Paul. His photos are viewed 1.5 million times every month online, and 10 percent of Dear New Orleans’ revenue goes to evacuteer.org.
Fogarty graduated from the University of Oregon School of Journalism in 2005.
Jim Henson’s Legacy: A “Rainbow Connection” with UMD
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Flexible, felt-covered puppets don’t sound like the makings of a groundbreaking career. Yet as only a sophomore at Maryland, Jim Henson premiered a TV show starring a motley cast of them-and earned his first Emmy before graduation.
Henson ’60 grew his early vision of silly songs, dances and gentle joking on "Sam and Friends" into the educational and entertainment Muppets empire. As what would have been Henson’s 75th birthday (Sept. 24) approaches, his creative legacy of "Sesame Street," Muppet movies and more is still firmly rooted at the University of Maryland.
The university houses the Jim Henson Works, a compilation of more than 70 digital videos of his most memorable contributions to film and television, as well as the Jim Henson Artist in Residence in the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, and the Jim Henson statue outside the Stamp Student Union. More importantly, it continues to foster in students Henson’s spirit of imagination and innovation.
"Jim Henson will always be an inspiration to students at the University of Maryland," said President Wallace Loh. "It takes talent as well as creativity to make a bunch of puppets-maybe I should say Muppets-into household names around the world. It takes skill as well as ingenuity to enable children to learn while entertaining them, and to enable grown-ups to enjoy themselves by becoming children again."
Henson grew up in the early1950s, as the new world of television brought puppets into people’s homes, through "Kukla, Fran and Ollie," "Howdy Doody" and "Captain Kangaroo."
He was already deeply involved in puppetry before graduating in 1954 from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, just a stone’s throw from the University of Maryland. With his future wife, Jane Nebel ’55, he took his first puppetry class at UMD as a freshman and together they launched "Sam and Friends" on WRC, Washington’s NBC affiliate.
"I can guarantee you people back then told him working with puppets was a bad idea," said Asher Epstein, who directs the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. "As every entrepreneur knows, if you don’t get enough criticism, you’re probably headed in the wrong direction. He followed a path where he pursued his passion and really did something that was meaningful to him. "
Henson revolutionized puppetry, melding hand puppets with marionettes. Instead of presenting a puppet show on a stage, he brought in the camera much closer to simulate a more natural environment-and to keep the puppeteer off-camera. He used rods, not strings, to give the foam rubber characters he invented more lifelike movement. Then he gave Kermit, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and their friends unique personalities. Their messages, whether about sharing, telling the truth or learning the alphabet, were conveyed with humor. An episode of "Sesame Street" featuring Robert De Niro or Rachael Ray speaks to children and adults on different levels that both enjoy.
The University of Maryland has celebrated Henson and his Muppets over the years with major events like "The Muppets Take Maryland" in 1997, and that iconic class gift of a statue of Henson and Kermit in a memorial garden outside the Stamp. The statue, by sculptor Jay Hall Carpenter, is one of the most popular sites on campus. Terps who marry at the Memorial Chapel often have their picture taken sitting on the bench with the two stars, as do visitors on Maryland Day and graduates and their families during commencement.
"Jim Henson is easily one of the most recognizable of our noted alumni," said Assistant University Archivist Jason Speck. "The spirit of his work lives on in the creativity and joy exhibited in the work of every Maryland student. Keeping his memory alive lets every student know that ‘big’ ideas have long been a campus tradition, much like the fight song or Testudo. With the university serving as a home to ever more talented students, it will continue to be a place of ‘big’ ideas for years to come."
Over at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Maryland students take advantage of the Jim Henson Works collection of videos to see what’s possible with foam, rods and a little imagination. As curator Vince Novara said, "The point of The Jim Henson Works is to demonstrate to our students that puppetry can embrace many forms of expression in the performing arts: acting, singing, moving and visually presenting ideas."
Honoring the Power of a Terp
Henson died in 1990, but his influence on family entertainment continues to grow. A new Muppet movie from Disney. "Green with Envy," is set for release Nov. 23. "Sesame Street," now owned by Sesame Workshop, is in its 42nd season, while the Jim Henson Company produces other popular kids’ shows including "Sid the Science Kid" and "Dinosaur Train." The company, owned and operated by Henson’s five adult children, also has a successful "Creature Shop," recording studio and an alternative/live puppet show division. Henson Legacy President Cheryl Henson told CNN recently that two new preschool programs are coming soon, and the company is developing new programs for tweens and adults.
Here at the University of Maryland, Jim Henson’s legacy remains a force 75 years after his birth, providing inspiration and an entrepreneurial spirit. "I am so proud that Jim Henson began his extraordinary career while a student at the University of Maryland," President Loh said. "He showed the power of a Terp with an idea and a vision. He showed the power of innovation and entrepreneurship. And he showed while ‘it’s not easy being green,’ it helps if you are also red and white, and black and gold."
Henson Birthday Celebration
The University of Maryland is celebrating the 75th birthday of Jim Henson with several activities:
Henson Birthday Celebration Friday, Sept, 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Stamp Student Union-including 150 green cupcakes!
Web series highlighting innovation and entrepreneurship at Maryland;
Special announcement during the Temple-Maryland football game Sept. 24;
Special screening of the new Muppet movie, "Green with Envy," in the Hoff Theater in mid-November.