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West Baden Hotel Unveils Renovation To Historic Dome

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The historic West Baden Springs Hotel is shining a little brighter after a series of renovations this winter.

When you step into the dome at night, the atrium lights up with all of the colors of the rainbow.

It used to be lit by 150,000 watts of incandescent lights but now it’s all LEDs. The colors are more vibrant and the hotel is saving energy.

“It depends on what level we want to run them at," says Chief Engineer Ron Walker. "We can run it down to about 95 percent savings—easily over 75 percent in energy savings.”

Guests can also now see a nightly virtual light show. It has new patterns and colors and can be synced to music.

“It’s quite a sight to see. It’s beautiful," Walker says.

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There’ve been a number of other improvements over the winter as well, including replacing 700 windows – all constructed to be historically accurate. A clay target shooting range is under construction and the billiards and bowling alley building is being turned into a venue for weddings.

The hotel is celebrating ten years since its grand renovation project. Cook Group bought the hotel in the 90s and invested more than half a billion dollars to restore it to its original architecture.

“We really feared it was going to be lost forever," says PR Manager Ryan Duncan. "And the fact that we were able to restore it to its original elegance, and I think even beyond, has really been a joy to people.”

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