Friday, June 29, 2007

More Civilizing with Domes

The Chicago Tribune has a tolerable essay on the West Baden Resort, near French Lick Indiana. The former Jesuit Seminary (closed 1966) has a unique past as a Mineral Springs, casino, high-end resort, Seminary, college, and now again a Casino.

Did the Dome civilize French Lick? Not exactly, but it was a noble effort, perhaps more thwarted by the Jesuit meandering attention span than aided by glorious architecture. But what glory!

There is a much smaller, but similar story in Colfax Iowa, of a Franciscan Monastery, Mineral Springs, and now halfway house. I will find some pictures.

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