A new mineral spring bath was built at the site of the present-day spa facility. We learned on the tour that nothing will be done with the building until it can be raised six feet to get it up out of the flood plain. It's even more wonderful in person, really worth a visit. They considered the mineral springs a gift from the Great Spirit where man, nature and beast could co-exist in harmony. It wasn't until the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana purchased the property and Bill and Gayle Cook came on board that the grand dame was saved from sure destruction. Tie rods were installed, the roof was patched, drainage was improved on roof parapets, and the structure around the partially collapsed wall was secured.
Please enter the letters displayed: Save of the Century ". Chris Bundy, author of West Baden Springs: Coordinates on Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June The hotel and mineral springs were sold at a sheriff's sale organized to settle a legal dispute over Bowles's estate.
In the property was sold to an investment group that included Thomas Taggart , a politician and former mayor of Indianapolis. Over the years the West Baden hotel attracted many notable guests. Under the terms of the lease Lane agreed to enlarge and improve the facility. Taggart sold the hotel to a group of New York City investors in  Pluto Water operations were separated from the resort's operations in
Something In The Water". Legislation was finally approved in and the required local referendum easily passed. The atrium fireplace was refaced with glazed ceramic tiles from the Rookwood Pottery Company. During these early years the hotel was open only during the summer months, the "watering season," and drew its guests almost exclusively from the southern Indiana region. Newer Post Older Post Home. Indiana Historical Society Press. Luckily, no one was harmed in the fire, but Sinclair was left determined to build the fireproof hotel of his dreams.