Relighting West Baden Springs
Hotel: Where modernization
PoE lighting is the centerpiece technology
in a system that drives down energy use
and enhances an artistic cultural icon.
BY AMIR SEKHAVAT AND JAMES NEELEY, Superior
Essex and MATT LAHERTY, Platformatics
The West Baden Springs Hotel, located
in French Lick, IN, is one of the United
States’ premier luxury resorts and one
of its most treasured landmarks. Its
history stretches back more than a
century and touches many of our na-
tional heroes and pastimes, from pres-
idential politicians to world-cham-
pion baseball teams. The original draw
was the resort’s mineral springs and
baths—technological marvels of their
time, notable for their salubrious effects.
Today, the West Baden Springs Hotel
maintains that rich legacy by offering its
guests world-class hospitality in an historic setting, with a variety of modern
amenities that make each guest experience uniquely enjoyable.
The hotel itself sits comfortably nestled in the southern Indiana countryside, where its magnificent dome royally emerges from the surrounding,
thick forests like a crown. The first iteration of the dome was built in 1902 after
a fire burned the original wooden structure to the ground. The owner at that
time, Lee Wiley Sinclair, decided to rebuild the facility, which would include
one of the greatest architectural marvels of the era. With the engineering expertise of architect Harrison Albright,
Sinclair succeeded, and reopened the
West Baden Springs Hotel in late 1902.
Referred to by some as the Eighth
Wonder of the World, its dome was
the largest free-spanning dome in the
world for more than 50 years, stretching 200 feet in diameter and 95 feet, 6
The dome is designed with 12 large
windows separated by solid panels of steel
and brick, and supported by a neat arrangement of whitewashed struts. At the
apex of dome, hanging down like a stalactite, is a large, ornately designed pinwheel filled with lights. When illuminated,
Referred to by some as the eighth wonder of the world upon its construction, the
West Baden Springs Hotel’s dome stretches 200 feet in diameter and 95 feet, 6 inches
in height. It was the world’s largest free-spanning dome for more than 50 years.