Fire Closes Arena Health Club

The Arena Health club was a gay bath house founded, at least on the books, in 1968 in Pittsburgh’s Soho (or Uptown) neighborhood at 2025 Forbes Avenue.  Owned and operated by William Kaelin, the building was hidden away in an unassuming yet somehow stately three story house built in the 1890s.

The Arena Health Club ceased operation after a fire on Valentines Day caused over $125,000 of damage, killing a young man.

The building sat dormant for 13 years, passing from developer to developer, until it was finally demolished August of 2015.