Atrium at West Baden by Sandy Keeton

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Sony a350 18-70mm lens at 18mm
Taken in French Lick, Indiana
The hotel, built in 1902, is a major feat of engineering. It has an immense covered steel and glass dome, 200 feet in diameter, which was the largest in the world when built. The hotel fell on hard times after the 1929 stock market crash and was owned by 2 colleges.
In 1992 Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana spent $140,000 to stabilize the hotel, matching a $70,000 contribution from an anonymous donor. The work included patching the roof, constructing scupper openings in parapets, installing tie rods, and shoring up the fourth through sixth floors on either side after a collapse. When a gambling license was awarded and a casino built in the area restoration resumed at the West Baden Springs Hotel in the summer of 2006. It reopened as a hotel in May 2007 for the first time since 1932, with 246 rooms/suites. The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana.

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  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiteralmost 5 years ago

    Holy cow… this place looks immense!!! Beautiful!

  • Thanks Lori, it was really something to see:) Only an hour and a half away and it took me two years to get there….

    – Sandy Keeton

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    Sandy, this is wonderful!

  • Thanks very much Mary-Ann!

    – Sandy Keeton

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    What a tree, lloks gorgeous and so big !! Bet it looks awesome all lit up !!

  • Thanks so much Sean!

    – Sandy Keeton

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Oooooooh WOW. Fantastic capture. Don.

  • Thanks very much Don and for the fav!

    – Sandy Keeton

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomalmost 5 years ago

    this would be a great entry for our Historic Holidays challenge.

  • Thanks Mary-Ann, I think I’m going to put the night one in the challenge:)

    – Sandy Keeton

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thank you Rick!

    – Sandy Keeton

  • Marija
    Marijaalmost 5 years ago

    A nice place Sandy!

  • Thank you Marija and you were right, I did need a wide angle lens, oh well maybe next year:)

    – Sandy Keeton

  • AngieM
    AngieMalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful shot!!! great feel for the massive size and beautifully composed shot!!!

  • Thank you Angie, glad you like it!

    – Sandy Keeton

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