Elizabeth Melton Parsons

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West Baden Springs – Part I – Exterior and Gardens

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Here are the photos of the old hotel I promised. This will be in two posts because of the number of photos. First the exterior and part two will be the interior. Click the pictures for larger image and click the wiki link for the history of this amazing place. Touted as the eighth wonder of the world, West Baden Springs Hotel is part of the French Lick Resort and is a National Historic Landmark. It sits on 100 acres and is centered on a circular building, topped by a one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 200 feet. Rooms rise in six tiers around the dome and balcony rooms offer a panoramic view of the atrium. Although originally built as and is now a hotel, it has also been both a Jesuit seminary and a private college. I can spend hours here just walking the gardens. Part of the upper porch was closed because of scaffolding set up for maintenance. You can see it in one of the pictures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Baden_Springs_Hotel 

from a distance

from a distance

the dome-garden view

the dome-garden view

front-doing maintenance

front-doing maintenance

front

front

side porch and stairs

side porch and stairs

brick drive divided by rose bushes

brick drive divided by hydrangeas

entering the gardens

entering the gardens-spring house in back

fountain and gazebo

fountain and part of Apollo spring house 

fountain

fountain

bridge over creek

bridge over creek

pink hardy hibiscus

pink hardy hibiscus

white hardy hibiscus

white hardy hibiscus

spring house 1

one of many spring houses that were here

view from another spring house

view from another spring house

Eric taking a break at door of one of the spring houses

Eric taking a break at door of one of the spring houses

backside walk lined with rose bushes

backside walk lined with rose bushes

back side from parking area

back side from self parking area

back of dome

back of dome

entrance gates as we're leaving

entrance gates as we’re leaving

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Author: Elizabeth Melton Parsons

I'm a novelist, poet, and artist. I love books, nature, art, and gardening. I'm a rock hound and there's a photo of me with a cool fossil rock on my about page, I take a lot of nature pictures. The background here is one of mine. Unfortunately I recently lost my wonderful husband, but I'm grateful to have the blessing of two beautiful sons. elizabethmeltonparsons.wordpress.com is © Elizabeth Melton Parsons 2007-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Elizabeth Melton Parsons with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

16 thoughts on “West Baden Springs – Part I – Exterior and Gardens

  1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Elizabeth! I love the bridge over the creek shot!

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  2. Thanks, Jill. I love that bridge. 🙂

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  3. Now that’s a way to live. The air would smells so fresh too 😛 Just think about the freshness of the salads 😀

    Your friend,
    Lucas

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    • I was thinking about that as I walked the gardens. I’m a Jane Austen fan and in her novels people were always walking the gardens/parks around some huge estate. How fortunate to have such a place to live. Even today certain people are privileged to live surrounded by such beauty. And you’re right, just think of the vegetable gardens and all the fresh salads. YUM! 🙂 Thanks for visiting me and commenting. Hugs.

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  4. This looks like such a nice place 🙂

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  5. I like the spring houses – so pretty.

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  6. Beautiful pictures equal wonderful time. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. very beautiful
    friendly greeting…kaligrafi

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  8. I love Classical Architectural styles; that Spring-house is a gem.

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  9. Magnificent!

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