Photographer's Note

Another view of the very attractive Rotorua Museum of Art and History (formerly the Bath House) that I posted last week.

Construction of the Bath House was completed for the most part by 1908. Native timbers and local pumice were innovatively incorporated into the building of the German-inspired structure. The most up-to-date hydrotherapy equipment was purchased and a baleontologist engaged to research and establish the therapeutic practices for which the Bath House would become internationally acclaimed. Thermal water was piped into bathrooms and massage rooms, with deeper pools being available for the treatment of chronic diseases. Male and female patients were separated. Practices which might be considered bizarre today, such as running electric currents through the water while bathing, became popular with visitors.

After falling into disrepair the baths were closed in 1966, and for the following three decades the building housed a popular local nightspot. Many 70s couples celebrated engagement parties and weddings at the upmarket ‘Tudor Towers’.

When Rotorua needed a special building to preserve its heritage and house its taonga (treasures) the old Bath House with its distinctive architecture, long association with the growing city, and embroidered frontage of formal gardens was the obvious choice. The Bath House was reborn as the Rotorua Museum of Art and History.

Source: here.

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