Hotel de Paris Museum collects, preserves and shares history and culture associated with Louis Dupuy's Hotel de Paris, and serves as a catalyst for heritage tourism.
The site's period of significance is now. The museum interprets the contributions of Louis Dupuy, Sophie Gally, the Gally Heirs (Angeline Pouget Lefebvre. Rosa Pouget, Auguste Pouget, and Joseph Ferdinand Gally), the Burkholder Family, and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado (NSCDA in CO).
NSCDA in CO was founded in 1896 and is devoted to patriotic service through education and participation in various historical activities. NSCDA in CO is committed to providing thoroughly researched and historically accurate information to the public. A primary membership focus is to maintain, preserve, and operate for Hotel de Paris Museum for the benefit of the public.
Hotel de Paris Museum educates school groups and the public about the site's importance to the economic and social life of the Georgetown mining community, the history of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District, as well as the State of Colorado and the United States. Educational and interpretative initiatives focus on the achievements of French and Chinese immigrants who created and ran the hotel, as well as Jewish salesmen who operated stores in the hotel, and the Colonial Dames who have stewarded the site.
The object of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) is to collect and preserve manuscripts, traditions, relics of historical interest and value, and mementos of bygone days; to preserve and restore buildings connected with the early history of our country; to diffuse helpful and intelligent information concerning the past; to create a popular interest in colonial history; to stimulate a spirit of true patriotism and a genuine love of country; and to impress upon the young the sacred obligation of honoring the memory of those heroic ancestors whose ability, valor, sufferings, and achievements are beyond all praise.
A primary purpose of the organization is the dissemination of American history. A fundamental objective is the identification, preservation, and maintenance of properties of diverse but significant history throughout the nation, and the education of the public as to their importance.
The NSCDA (headquartered at Dumbarton House on Q Street in Washington, DC) was founded in 1891 as a patriotic and genealogical organization. The breadth of preservation work includes restoring buildings, researching and collecting artifacts and manuscripts, and conducting archaeological digs. The NSCDA owns more than 80 significant museum houses, buildings, and rooms that have been managed carefully to authentically represent the individual historic period. During the Spanish-American War and World War I, the NSCDA outfitted parts of hospital ships and during World War II "adopted" the USO center in Ketchikan, Alaska by raising money to maintain it for four and a half years (the center was used by some 5 million people). In addition, the NSCDA is assisting the Women's Memorial Foundation by recording the services of women veterans for their archives in the Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
The vision of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Colorado, the owners of the Museum since 1954, is one of teaching American and International audiences about this classic American emigre entrepreneurial success story. As such the Hotel de Paris Museum is committed to:
- Upholding the Public Trust,
- Serving the widest possible audience,
- Maintaining its collections in accordance with professional standards of care and,
- Presenting interpretations founded on scholarship that also remains respectful of pluralistic values.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado are women descended in their own right from an ancestor who was residing in one of the thirteen original colonies prior to 1750 and contributed in a worthy way to the community or Colonies in that period before the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Hotel de Paris Museum, a landmark building and direct link to Georgetown's days as an epicenter of Colorado's silver mining boom, is a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hotel de Paris Museum is part of the Trust's diverse portfolio of properties that includes Philip Johnson's Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, Acoma Sky City in Acoma, New Mexico, and President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, D.C.
Hotel de Paris Museum is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado. By entering into a cooperative agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Colonial Dames benefit from the National Trust's expertise in a range of areas, from preservation to conservation to interpretation. The National Trust collaborates with Hotel de Paris Museum to enhance visitor experiences at the site, including increasing the hours during which the site is open for tours.
The area around Georgetown was Colorado's most important source of silver in the mid-to-late 19th century-at one point attracting so many residents that it became one of the most populous cities in the state. Hotel de Paris Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally constructed in 1875 by French immigrant Adolphe Francois Gerard, who called himself Louis Dupuy. He subsequently enlarged the original structure to its current size in 1889; most improvements to the building were completed by 1893. The building was operated as a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, and showroom for traveling salesmen. In 1954, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado acquired the site, eventually restoring it to its original 1890s appearance and transforming it into its present incarnation as a museum. The excellent condition of the building-and the presence of approximately 90% of the original furnishings--including Dupuy's library and art--make this site unique for educational opportunities.
TRIPADVISOR REVIEWER HIGHLIGHTS
Date of experience: August 2019
The Hotel de Paris is a historic gem in the downtown. Most all the furnishings in the hotel are original. There are interesting photos on the walls and the building is in excellent condition. I spoke with the Director while there. He was a wealth of information. Take the guided tour. Definitely worth a visit. -SRQgirl
Date of experience: July 2019
Our very knowledgeable and friendly guide made this tour special. The house, and the history around it, is fascinating. Like most of the reviewers, we stumbled upon the hotel, but if you're going to Georgetown, I would recommend setting aside an hour for the tour. -MikeyMike6565
Date of experience: June 2019
The hotel had most of the original furnishings, which our guide did an outstanding job of working into the story of the place and of the proprietor. Not to be missed! -cherrytree80
Date of experience: June 2019
We stumbled upon this wonderful landmark by accident. Located in small and historic downtown Georgetown, Colorado. This hotel time capsule is almost completely original in every aspect; floors, carpets, walls, furniture and decor. Our tour guide, a retired librarian, was a WEALTH of knowledge and facts. We were so lucky to have learned all about the original owner Louis Dupuy and the Burkholder Family that followed. Some of our favorites were the numerous desks that transformed into beds, the interesting bathrooms and the extraordinarily rare book collection that belonged to Louis Dupuy. You would be hard-pressed to find a historical landmark that is this well preserved and so expertly guided. -Maps455452
Date of experience: January 2019
When planning our weekend up in this part of the Colorado Rockies, I filled out the online form, because the museum / hotel is closed during the 'dead of winter.' To my surprise, Kevin (Kuharic), the Executive Director contacted me and set up a private tour. At Kevin's suggestion, we watched the exceptionally well produced Rocky Mountain PBS special on the hotel (where Kevin does a great job on-screen!) and came a bit more prepared. What an absolute delight! Our '45 minute' tour was actually an hour and a half, and was informative, entertaining, inspiring, and just a great time!!! Kevin's passion and knowledge are so very evident. How could we have lived here in Colorado so many years and yet had never discovered this gem!! You are looking into the life of this remarkable 'renaissance man,' with all the original furnishings around you! This is a MUST-SEE! This is a true Colorado treasure! -Steven T
Date of experience: July 2018
Silver-mining days! When a poor French immigrant with a questionable past could make his way into owning a world-class hotel! Remarkably, original furnishings and even some wallpaper and carpet remain from those rousing mining days, thanks to the efforts of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. I've gone on 3 tours, and all have been excellent and varied! This summer we enjoyed Irene's tour, and I felt like I got more detail than I remembered from others. -iveseenworse
Date of experience: January 2018
This tour is a casual stroll back in time. The Executive Director, Kevin Kuharic, knows absolutely everything about this place! His descriptions of the people that lived there and took care of the hotel, make you feel immersed in a different place in history. I highly recommend! -Sunshine55067902922
Date of experience: August 2018
Guided tour took quite a time but so worth the time and money loved hearing the stories about the owners, residents, visitors and quests from when the building was first lived in to when it became the museum it is today, some wonderful things to see and interesting tales to be heard, other reviews say it all I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. -Coleen T
Date of experience: September 2018
We had a wonderful tour guide, she really brought the hotel to life.I would highly recommend the guided tour. This is a beautifully restored hotel turned museum. We were surprised by how many original artifacts remained on site.The craftsmanship of the hotel and furniture was great. This is truly a treasure for anyone with an interest in history, Colorado, mining towns, hotels, you name it. It would have a wide appeal. Mr. Dupuy the proprietor of the Hotel de Paris, was certainly a renaissance man. There were several pictures provided that proved the authenticity and placement of the furnishings. The estimated time for the tour was 45 minutes.I could have spent several hours. The number of books that Mr. Dupuy owned was astounding for that time. I could have read every spine. The kitchen artifacts provided a great insight into the time. If you have mobility issues the tour does have some rather steep stairs up to the second floor guest rooms and as well as to the cellar. Even if you can't negotiate stairs I think the first floor tour is more than worth your visit. -TeamNickle
Date of experience: September 2018
I've been to Georgetown almost every year for the past 30 years and had never been here before. I have to wonder what was wrong with me. This is the most authentically restored 19th century building I have ever visited. For only $7 or less the docent will take you on a 45 minute tour of the hotel and give you a spellbinding account of its most amazing founder. This will take you from the provinces of France to Paris, London, New York City, to Wyoming and finally to Georgetown, Colorado. This is the tale of an incredibly talented immigrant, worthy of screenplay, that could only happen in America. Don't miss it. -Lorraine W