Utah bathhouses storied past

On Dec. 4, 1986 Salt Lake City’s last remaining bathhouses, Club 14 and Jeff’s Gym (Club Baths), received notice from Salt Lake City attorney, Roger Cutler, requesting that they cease doing business or face legal prosecution. Cutler contended, “Salt Lake City believes each business constitutes a brothel as a place of lewdness assignation or prostitution.” Cutler then assigned Bruce Baird, the city’s assistant attorney to handle the case. These two bathhouses, in addition to a third that had been operating quite successfully for more than a decade, were closed when the city deemed them public nuisances.