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
The Executive Director led our tour. His presentation is detailed and creates a full picture of the lives of the people who owned, lived in and ran the hotel. He discusses the individuals in an honest and realistic way, not sensationalizing them or romanticizing the times they lived in. Everyone in our group, 19 to 60 years of age, enjoyed the experience. -Familytraveler5280
The tour was fantastic. All original furniture. Definitely worth the 7 dollar fee. The guide was very knowledgeable. Louis was was an interesting man. Loved it! -Mntfan5
I have visited Georgetown many times, this was our first time visiting the museum. Amazing tour guide, he really made it feel like we would turn the corner and run into Mr. Dupuy. Comparing the furnishings to actual pictures of the time verified the authenticity and placement of the furnishings. Beautifully kept, and such an entertaining story, a terrific experience. Our guests from out of town could not stop talking about it, definitely a high point of their visit. The estimated time for the tour was 45 minutes, we actually spent over an hour because the guide was so wonderfully patient with answering our many questions - I would have stayed even longer if I could have! -Nancy H
Great tour - went there not knowing what to expect. The guide knew the subject incredibly well - well spoken and eager to answer questions. 90% of the furnishings were from the original hotel - very interesting story - lovely tour -- they do offer a AAA discount as well -- tours start on the hour and take approximately 50 mins -- very interesting - if you have the hour it is well worth it. -James G
We so enjoyed the tour here, not just because so much has been restored to it's original state but because we felt we really got to know the people involved in the operation of the hotel in it's heyday. Having the register under glass open to the same dates over 100 years prior was a lovely special touch and fascinating in it's own right. -Michelle A
We visited the museum and were truly amazed in the manor in which the hotel and its history have been preserved! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and quite proud to help us understand the history. Well worth the hour invested. Very reasonable admission/donation cost. -Steve4909
Excellent tour. Check out as you stay in local bnb. Kevin does fantastic job in detail and story! Worth the stop! -A TripAdvisor Member
We visited the Hotel de Paris in historic downtown Georgetown and had a guided tour with the Curator. It is a very old hotel with most of its original furnishings from the 1800s. It was owned by a mysterious Frenchman with several names including Louis Dupuy. It was a real treat to see this historic building! -Bourlingueur60