The "Eighth Wonder Of The World" Was Abandoned For Decades. Wait Until You See How It Looks Now

Hidden within the state of Indiana is a little-known place called West Baden Springs Hotel. Located within Orange County, the hotel is considered to be one of the most beautiful resorts in all of the United States. 

Until 1955, the building had the largest free-spanning dome in the United States.

The location is considered to be a National Historic Landmark, as well as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Some even called it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” 

While a fire destroyed the original West Baden Hotel in 1901, the new hotel was built in just over a year, and opened in 1902.


The hotel was once reserved for the extremely wealthy, until the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. 

As the popularity of automobiles increased, southern destinations became more popular, and by the mid 1930s, the hotel was donated to a religious organization called the Jesuits.

The Jesuits removed most of the expensive furnishing and converted the location into a school.

The school was known as West Baden College, but by 1964, the school had closed due to escalating costs and a lack of enrollment.

In 1966, the property was then sold to Macauley and Helen Dow Whiting.

The couple subsequently donated the property to a private college from Michigan, called the Northwood Institute.


The Northwood Institute ran the location as a college until the ‘80s, when it was sold to a real estate firm that soon went bankrupt.

From that point on the location was abandoned, and by 1989, it was closed to the public for safety reasons, as some of the exterior walls were starting to collapse.

Eventually, by the mid ’90s, the hotel was sold to investors, who decided to restore and reopen the location as a hotel.

As you can see the location has been eloquently restored to its original grandeur.

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