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 1875-1900; however, the museum also interprets the contributions of later owners, including Sophie Gally (1900-1901), Angeline Pouget Lefebvre and Rosa Pouget (1901-1903), the Burkholder family (1903-1954) and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado (1954-present).
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado (NSCDA in CO) was founded in 1896 and is devoted to patriotic service through education and participation in various historical activities. The 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 the benefit of the public the Hotel de Paris Museum in Georgetown, Colorado.
Hotel de Paris Museum educates school groups and the general 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. New educational initiatives are focusing on the achievements of the French and Chinese immigrants who created and ran the hotel, as well as the women who have preserved it.
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
This museum was really interesting for our family visit. The guide is very knowledgeable and able to answer all questions. It is a nice trip back in time with original furniture and fixtures. The story behind it is quite interesting as well. Very affordable, about an hr in length. -bmk67, July 2017
I took the tour last year and loved it! So this year I took the husband and kids. They liked it too! So interesting and informative. What a gem Georgetown has! -NikJo, July 2017
Three floors of the building are on tour, including several guest rooms, the main dining room and kitchen and cellar. The tour lasted about 45 minutes, and our tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. I have visited many house museums, but what I found so interesting about the Hotel de Paris was the fact that it was an original hotel, and the history behind it. -SuzyQu15, July 2017
Okay. I'll admit this tour was "my thing" but my husband and boys were drug along and enjoyed themselves. The artifacts were incredible and the detail offered on the tour was spectacular. Must see for the historian! -Farmgirl61235, July 2017
The museum itself is immaculately maintained. I love historic home/hotel tours, and this one stands out from the rest for it's depth of information and personal connection to history. Would give ten stars if possible. - Erika S, June 2017
I walked in a few moments before closing and the guides were more than kind, in giving me a solo tour. This was the best $7.00 I have ever spent. I felt like I had grossly underpaid. The hotel and rooms sit just as they were a hundred years ago. The rooms made up waiting for guests, the kitchen stocked and ready to prepare a gourmet meal for the weary traveler. It's okay that the "walls can't talk" because the guide is extremely knowledgeable and can quickly get you caught up in the excitement that this hotel brought to Georgetown. I do not throw these words around lightly, if you like historical buildings, intriguing stories and antiques, do not miss this! -TravelNazi126, June 2017