The ruins of the 80-room Hot Wells Hotel and Bathhouse in San Antonio, a popular destination in the area in the years prior to World War I, are currently undergoing a transformation into a public park.
Phase one of the project, which involved stabilizing the existing structures, creating a park entrance and signage, building public bathrooms, and extending utilities to the buildings, has recently completed. The second phase will create outdoor rental spaces and new landscaping and trails that connect the park to the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River.
Phase two will also turn the hotel’s ruins into a community space. A demonstration kitchen, a mini museum that details the site’s past, a visitor center, and a gift shop will be included on the old bathhouse’s first floor. The second floor will include a classroom and computer lab and the third floor will house a meeting room and offices.
The completed park will host events such as black and white movie screenings, a farmers market, yoga, and art exhibitions.