Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: Albright, Harrison, Architect (firm); Harrison Albright (architect)

Dates: constructed 1901-1902

West Baden, IN

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Constructed for textile manufacturer and hotelier Lee Wiley Sinclair, the Second West Baden Springs Hotel opened for guests 09/15/1902; the first hotel had been destroyed by fire on 06/14/1901; to prevent future conflagrations, Albright built a new hotel structure of reinforced concrete and steel; the West Baden Hotel #2 had 700 rooms oriented around a huge central atrium capped by a dome; this domed span measured 200 feet in diameter and 100 feet in height, and was the largest free-standing dome in the world until 1963, when it was surpassed by Houston's Astrodome; drawings and diagrams of this building were displayed by Albright for the California State Board of Architectural Examiners by Albright when he went for licensing soon after his arrival in the state, 03/28/1905;

Renovated in 1916-1917; the hotel was restored by the Cook Group in 1996-1998 at a cost of $30 million; the restoration work was completed by 10/1998;

PCAD id: 2693