Bil Browning

Old San Fran Bath Goes to the Dogs

Filed By Bil Browning | August 25, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living, The Movement
Tags: gay bathhouse, reusing old buildings, San Francisco

There's nothing more ecologically sound than reusing old buildings for new purposes instead of watching them crumble or razing them to build something new. In this case, however, a former gay bath in San Francisco is going to the dogs.

tenderloin0823.jpgA long-shuttered Tenderloin bathhouse is reopening more than two decades later, but this time it will cater to an entirely new clientele.

A doggy day care center with space for up to 60 canines is scheduled to open early next year at 130 Turk St., which is on a rundown corridor between Taylor and Jones streets.

The new business will be called Bulldog Baths in honor of the abandoned bathhouse, which was renamed after opening in the 1930s as Club Turk Baths, according to Nale.

I'm not going to make any of the "doggie style" jokes that spring to mind.

(Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Examiner)


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so...do you think they'll keep the bar and hot tub in the basement?

I believe you're thinking of the Rich Street Baths - I don't remember a hot tub at Animals

i think you're right...which is too bad, because i could enjoy seeing a celebrity pet hot tub and bar.

Wow - I remember dismantling and hauling away all the jail cells and S&M equipment when they closed back in '87

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | August 26, 2010 6:54 AM

Could this be cruelty to animals?

Everyone's joking about this, but isn't this really a sign that the gay has been forced out of SF and into poorer neighborhoods by the yuppies? That's about as funny as, "Have you heard about that rich/poor gap? What's up with that?"