Hot Springs Hotels
New York City-based photographer Brian Klutch is an advertising and editorial photographer, primarily known for his still life work. He recently sent out a promo featuring his new personal series, “Hot Springs,” architectural images of run-down hotels, that were once spectacular vacation destinations. In his artist statement, Klutch says, the town, Hot Springs, Arkansas, “was Las Vegas before Las Vegas ever was.” Named for it’s proximity to natural hot springs, the town began its development into a booming spa destination in the 1830s, adding fancy hotels, restaurants, underground casinos (gambling was illegal under Arkansas law), brothels, and later a horse race track. Hot Springs was frequented by the who’s who of their time—Mae West, Duke Ellington, Babe Ruth and Franklin D. Roosevelt. It all came to a close in 1967 after a massive government crackdown.