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Sutro Baths

  • Northern California

ARG led a team of conservators, historians, and archaeologists to perform a historic assessment of San Francisco’s Sutro Baths site located in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Adolph Sutro, a mining engineer who made his fortune in the Comstock Lode Silver Mine, built the Sutro Baths in 1896. Envisioned as an attraction at the continent’s edge, the baths became an engineering, architectural, historical, and entertainment spectacle. The assessment summarized the evolutionary history, cultural context, integrity and historical significance of the baths, and documented the existing architectural and engineering features of the site. Recommendations were provided for the conservation and maintenance of ruined structures and the management of the site.