HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - The Fordyce Bath House in downtown Hot Springs will close for up to a year as workers replace the heating and cooling system in the historic building.
The building houses the Hot Springs National Park visitor center and museum. The Sentinel-Record reports (http://is.gd/8VzkGZ) the building will close to the public for eight to 12 months beginning Oct. 1.
Officials say the visitor center will be temporarily relocated to the Lamar Bath House, which already houses the Bathhouse Row Emporium.
The Fordyce opened as the park's visitor center and museum in 1989. Officials say the heating and cooling system needed to be replaced after the building's air conditioning system broke down in the summer of 2010.
The Fordyce will also receive a new roof and improvements to its elevator.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)