Friends of the Bath House Cultural Center celebrated the completion of $1.5 million renovations to the historic building on White Rock Lake with a ribbon cutting Monday.

The Bath House closed for renovations in February 2020. Before the City of Dallas could approve construction permits, the coronavirus hit, causing a three-month delay.

The remodel included new bathrooms, a new kitchen, a new dressing room, updated lighting, soundproof flooring, two pollinator gardens and two handicap-accessible walkways to the lake level. Funds from a $14 million bond approved in 2017 paid for the facelift.

District 9 Councilwoman Paula Blackmon and Jennifer Scripps, director of the Office of Arts and Culture, cut the ribbon.

“I think it’s turned out better than we ever hoped,” Scripps said. “When you come and the bathrooms aren’t flooded and it’s not a dingy basement, there’s a lot to be proud of. I’m so excited the Bath House is leading the way as the arts reopen.”

The Bath House is open by appointment only. It will resume normal hours in May or June, but an exact date has not yet been determined.

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