The National Historic Trust site the Hotel de Paris Museum in Georgetown opens to the public today for its 57th season.
The legendary hotel of Frenchman Louis Dupuy dates to the silver mining boom of the region, when it served as a first-class French restaurant, showroom for traveling salesmen and luxurious hotel during the Gilded Age. The site is owned and operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado.
New this year, guests are allowed to touch selected historic artifacts owned by Dupuy due to a reduction in museum barriers and an improved sensory experience. In 2010, Preservation magazine listed the museum as one of the "16 sites to see."
"The opportunity to interact with original artifacts once owned by hotel prince Louis Dupuy encourages the public's exploration of history through multiple senses," said museum director Kevin Kuharic. "No longer just a visual or intellectual experience, our tours now involve the participation of visitors who are operating fascinating mechanical items, including a call bell used when patrons desired meals or accommodations at Hotel de Paris well over a century ago. The thrill of participating, not just witnessing, has proved to be a transformative feature of this year's tour."
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, military and minors, and children under 6 and Georgetown residents are free. Tours are led by docents and are available in multiple languages.
Recognized for its authenticity, Hotel de Paris Museum displays a significant collection of objects from the hotel's past in restored period rooms. More than 7,000 square feet are furnished with faithful arrangements of historic artifacts that tell the story of Dupuy, the "father of domestic science," and his amazing transformation from journalist, to miner to renowned host.
Dupuy's life is illustrated throughout the property in photography, oil paintings, statuary, etchings, lithographs, books, maps, decorative arts and culinary items. Patrons are able to experience one of the most celebrated and well-appointed hotels in the American West from the perspective of guest, proprietor, and back of the house staff, as well as learn about the preservation of this rare historical and cultural resource.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America's historic places. For more information, visit PreservationNation.org.
The Hotel de Paris is located at 409 6th St., Georgetown; (303) 569-2311, www.hoteldeparismuseum.org.