History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Spas/ Bath Houses/ Health Clubs

Club Health Spa
Location: 225 E. Saint Paul Ave.


mid 1974
mid-late 1975




The Club Health Spa was founded at a time when many gay men's spas, or bath houses, were opening and enjoying success in the U.S. It advertised itself as "the Midwest's most elaborate bath, featuring private rooms, lockers, steam room, exercise room, TV lounge, game room, dancing, food and drink, and a sun room".

The bathhouse appears to have been opened either by, or in close cooperation with, the popular River Queen bar (as indicated by the fact that the two businesses advertised together, and ads for the Spa referred patrons to the River Queen to pick up identification cards).


Advertisement, June 1974
GPU News, June 1974 issue

Advertisement, October 1974
GPU News, October 1974 issue

Advertisement, June 1975
GPU News, June 1975 issue

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Last updated: August-2006.