Public Bath No. 7

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

227-231 4th Avenue

ARCHITECT: Raymond F. Almirall

DATE: 1906-10

STYLE: Neo-Renaissance

Brooklyn Gowanus Neo-Renaissance Public Bath

Public Bath Number 7 is a survivor of what was once the largest system of public baths in the world. The bath system was an outgrowth of the tenement reform movement. The classical style chosen for many of these buildings, of which this is an especially flamboyant example, equated the bathhouses stylistically with banks, libraries, and other important public institutions. Architect Raymond F. Almirall’s signature use of color appears in the terra cotta ornament of the building, much of which has aquatic themes.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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