West Baden Springs Hotel

Description

The beautifully restored West Baden Springs Hotel is once again open for business, offering 246 luxury guest rooms and suites, fine dining, new pools, spa, fitness center, and retail shopping. Those who can't afford the stay can take a 90-minute tour of the extraordinary structure for a $10 fee. Details worth noting: Italian marble mosaic tile floors, the huge fireplace decorated the mythic creature Sprudel, and urns and Grecian statuary. When Lee Sinclair opened the place in 1902, he billed it as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Not because the structure rose in less than 280 days, but because the six-story, 200-foot-diameter glass-and-steel-dome was an architectural and engineering marvel -- the largest free-span dome in the world. (It remained so until the Houston Astrodome was built in 1965.) The hotel quickly became a popular spot for celebrities, including "Diamond" Jim Brady, Al Capone, and others. Guests of the day enjoyed a multitude of services: barber, beauty shop, swimming pools, two golf courses, gardens, billiards and bowling, bicycling and horseback riding, a spa, and even a stock ticker machine. Due to the stock market crash and subsequent depression, the hotel lost revenue (and guests) and it was sold in 1934 to the Jesuits for $1 to operate as a seminary. A private college owned the property from the 60s through the early 80s, when it was finally deserted. Weeds, weather, and vandals took their toll, and by the early 90s, part of the building had collapsed. Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, thanks to the largess of Indiana industrialists William and Gayle Cook, invested more than $30 million in the restoration of the property which ultimately resulted in its 2006 reopening as a hotel for the first time since 1932.

Address

8538 W Baden Ave
West Baden Springs, IN 47469

Lat/Long

38.55202100, -86.61844600
Visit Website
812-936-4034, 888-936-9360

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