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West Baden Springs Hotel

Identification

West Baden Springs Hotel
Homestead Hotel
212975

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]

Usages

hotel
shop(s) restaurant

Facts

  • This hotel was constructed in just 277 days.
  • The hotel was a popular destination for the American elite during its initial operation from 1902 to 1932.
  • The main building is circular, with hotel rooms situated around a massive domed atrium, the largest in the world until completion of Houston's NRG Astrodome in 1963.
  • A casualty of the Great Depression, the hotel closed in 1932. It was sold to the Jesuits in 1934, who operated the West Baden College Seminary here until 1964.
  • Many of the original opulent appointments were removed by the Jesuits, including the four distinctive Moorish towers, but the building was well-maintained until becoming vacant in 1985.
  • Another educational institution, Northwood College, operated in the building from 1966 until 1983.
  • It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
  • Part of the exterior wall collapsed in 1991, but the dome remained structurally sound. This event spurred action on the part of preservation agencies to restore the unique building.
  • Designed to attract a buyer, a partial renovation was undertaken from 1996-1998, saving it from destruction.
  • This property was reopened in May 2007, which paired with the nearby French Lick Resort & Casino, completed a complex with 700 rooms, multiple mineral spas, restaurants, shops, 2 golf courses, and a casino.

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Location

8538 West Baden Avenue
8538 West Baden Avenue
47469
West Baden Springs
Indiana
U.S.A.

Technical Data

135.01 ft
135.01 ft
6
1
1901
1902
2007

Involved Companies

Harrison Albright

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
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