11 Most Endangered Historic Places
West Baden Springs Hotel
Year Listed: 1992
Location: West Baden Springs, Indiana
Threat: Deterioration, Natural Forces, Neglect
Photo: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
A resort that boasted the largest free-standing glass and steel dome in the world when it was constructed in 1902, the West Baden Springs Hotel was renowned for its spectacular architecture and its high profile guests. Presidents, dignitaries, and front-page figures, such as "Diamond" Jim Brady and Al Capone, were attracted by natural mineral springs, recreational activities, and nearby casinos.
Unfortunately, the privately-owned resort had been stripped of many historical features over the years. At the time of its listing as one of America's Most Endangered Historic Places, the property was tied up in bankruptcy proceedings and deteriorating rapidly from neglect and vandalism.