The Save of the Century

By the mid-1990s, French Lick Springs Hotel, although still in operation, was a mere shell of its former glory and the abandoned West Baden Springs Hotel was literally crumbling to the ground. The comeback began with people who refused to give up – local volunteers and Indiana Landmarks. Soon the Cook family, devoted preservationists who themselves led the restoration of many Indiana buildings, joined the cause and committed more than $500 million dollars to not only save the West Baden Springs Hotel but also the French Lick Springs Hotel. One key partner in the restoration was the Conrad Schmitt Studios. CLICK HERE to read the story of Conrad Schmitt's work at West Baden Springs Hotel. CLICK HERE to read the story of Conrad Schmitt's work at French Lick Springs Hotel. The Cook family wanted their preservation work to result in living, breathing historic places that would be around for centuries to come.

French Lick Springs Hotel


Established in 1845, with the original east wing built in 1901, French Lick Springs Hotel attracted guests from around the world to experience the "miracle waters" of its nearby sulfur springs. More on French Lick Springs Hotel

West Baden Springs Hotel


West Baden Springs Hotel is anything but ordinary-it is an extraordinary experience. You will be captivated once you step foot inside this National Historic Landmark built in 1902. More on West Baden Springs Hotel