All the articles that have been written about architectural design Indianapolis show proper appreciation for the city’s numerous historical structures but they fail to highlight the role Indianapolis’ resorts have played in expanding the interest people have in the city’s architecture.
If you want to know how far the city has come, just visit its resorts and you might be surprised by the historically relevant designs you will encounter, not to mention artistic flourishes that speak to an era that has long since passed, especially Indianapolis resorts such as the following:
1). Omni Severin Hotel
The Omni Severin Hotel is a modern structure that has all the amenities and luxuries you expect to find in a 21st Century Hotel. That being said, it also boasts the visual style of the early 1900s, which is why so many people are drawn to it.
Completed in 1913, the hotel relied heavily on the passenger trains that arrived at Union Station to bolster its operations. Today, it reminds people of the activity that used to fill the Indianapolis Union Station Wholesale District.
One of the structure’s more notable features is a large crystal chandelier that has been in place since 1913, not to mention a marble staircase and a mailbox that are just as ancient with the architectural design for the elements. In fact, the establishment has several furniture pieces from the original hotel.
2). French Lick Springs Hotel
You cannot talk about resorts with an architectural relevance without mentioning the French Lick Springs Hotel. Found within the French Lick Resort Casino complex, the hotel was planted on land that Thomas Bowles and his brother purchased near a salt lick after the state government determined that it wasn’t a viable source of salt.
The original hotel was built in the 1800s. The two and half-story structure had a Gothic Revival Style wrap-around Veranda. The hotel was altered and expanded after coming under new management. After a fire destroyed the main building in 1897, it was reconstructed and expanded once more.
In the years that followed, the original Victorian architecture was fused with Mediterranean Revival architecture. The hotel also adopted the Italian Renaissance style that was so prominent at the time.
The multi-million dollar project that restored the hotel in modern times updated the guest rooms and introduced various luxuries. However, the French Lick hotel is still a stunning source of historic architecture.
3). West Baden Springs Hotel
Like the establishment above, the French Lick Resort Casino complex also encompasses this hotel. Completed in 1901, the hotel was dubbed by many as the 8th wonder of the world because it had a 61cm dome over the atrium, the largest of its kind in the world of architecture at the time. The dome attracted a lot of attention because the idea was shunned by several building experts before Harrison Albright stepped in to design the structure.
4). Turkey Run Inn
This establishment doesn’t look so special from the outside but it is the perfect destination for anyone that wants convenience and comfort. The Turkey Run Inn has every modern service you could possibly desire. However, because it was built in 1919, it has a rustic ambiance that makes it look and feel like a country inn.