Roman Tubs

January 14th, 2013 · 12 Comments

Roman tubs (sunken bathtubs with straight walls) were very popular in the Phoenix area in the 1960s and up to 1979.  Here’s a Roman tub in a 1961 Phoenix home.

1961 sunken Roman tub poor bad bathroom design Phoenix Arizona home house for sale photo

Roman tub in a 1973 Scottsdale, Arizona home.

1973 sunken Roman tub poor bad bathroom design Scottsdale Arizona home house for sale

Roman tub in a 1975 Laveen, Arizona home.

1975 sunken Roman tub poor bad bathroom design Laveen Arizona home house for sale

Tags: Bathroom · Other Arizona Cities · Phoenix Homes · Scottsdale, AZ Homes

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jayne // Jan 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Should’ve left them in Rome, I would bet one or more of these homes have a conversation pit too.

  • 2 Picky // Jan 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    These are just scary. How does a person clean them? Laying flat out on the floor?

  • 3 Michelle // Jan 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    The last tub terrifies me. Looking at it makes my stomach turn.. is it just me??

  • 4 Melykin // Jan 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    They look horribly uncomfortable. And it would be hard to keep all that grout clean.

  • 5 Nancy // Jan 15, 2013 at 5:16 am

    I am going to be the dissenting reader here, and actually opine that these bathrooms look just fine to me, if not current fashion. They all seem to be clean and in repair, unlike too many that are on this site. As to using them, I would pick a Roman tub over some of the other vintage styles I have experienced. The most typical bathrooms back in my New Orleans neighborhood had Victorian claw-foot type tubs. They were usually very “retro” pretty but I challenge anybody with any mobility issues, whether from health or drunkenness, to manage those tub’s high walls on a bad day.

  • 6 violet // Jan 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    The first and last one looks like you may as well lay on the floor and take a bath. Also, the last tub, what if it the middle of the night and you have to go to the toilet? Lights are off and you miss step into the tub, ouch.

  • 7 Liz // Jan 16, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I like the middle one !

  • 8 Nak // Jan 17, 2013 at 4:34 am

    i like the outlet on the last one.

  • 9 Really Tacky // Mar 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    hangs head in shame.

    I like them. Outdated but well maintained and kinda cool looking. Nicer than modern day “garden tubs”.

  • 10 Tamara Forsee Bacon // Mar 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Who would build a beautiful tile surround just to drop in a prefab? Really?? REALLY???

  • 11 Ugly House Photos » Blog Archive » Bathroom Design // Aug 17, 2015 at 10:50 am

    […] There was a time in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s when sunken bathtubs were common.  Roman tubs (sunken tubs with vertical walls) are found in a post we did in 2013.  This bathroom features a sunken tub.  Be careful not to stub your toe or gash your foot on the sharp edge of the tub’s border.  Don’t fall in, either!  Remember, you’ll have to bend down or get on your knees to turn on the faucets!  And how fun will it be to clean it? […]

  • 12 Melanie // Aug 21, 2015 at 2:29 am

    I think these look amazing!! I must be the weirdo.

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