Branch Public Baths

Branch Public Baths (HMKP)

Location: Richmond, VA 23223
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 32.12', W 77° 25.502'

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John Patterson Branch (1830-1915), banker, philanthropist and community leader, erected Richmond's first public bath here in 1909 at 1801 East Broad Street as a gift to the city. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York began operating municipally managed public baths that were open throughout the year to promote good public health. In 1913, Branch Public Bath No. 2 at 709 West Main Street was opened. At the peak in the early 1920s, more than 80,000 customers used the two facilities each year. The development of domestic indoor plumbing led to the closing of the two public baths in 1950.
Marker NumberSA 68
Year Placed2005
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 2:36pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285735 N 4157024
Decimal Degrees37.53533333, -77.42503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.12', W 77° 25.502'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 7.20" N, 77° 25' 30.12" W
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Area Code(s)757, 804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1801 E Broad St, Richmond VA 23223, US
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