Hotel de Paris Museum
409 Sixth Street
Georgetown, Colorado 80444
Hotel de Paris has changed hands six times in its life since Frenchman Louis Dupuy opened his hotel and restaurant in 1875. The lavish European-inspired hotel expanded to half a city block to accommodate business from the silver boom before the housekeeper inherited it upon Dupuy’s death in October 1900. The hotel was leased by Sarah Harrison and James Burkholder in 1901 and purchased by them in 1903. It maintained its reputation as a fine hotel and first-class French restaurant into the 1920s.
When private automobiles arrived in the mountains, the Louis Dupuy’s French menu was retired and managers who leased the hotel from the Burkholder’s daughter (Hazel Burkholder McAdams) began serving a more modern and American offering of trout, steak, and chicken dinners in a more casual diner style format (much like the 1945 American film noir, Mildred Pierce). Hazel retired from the Clear Creek County School District in the 1940s and ran the hotel as a boarding house until 1949. The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado purchased the hotel in 1954 for $15,100 and restored the site to its 1890s appearance. The Colonial Dames still own and operate the site, now as a museum. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Famed western author Louis L’Amour fictionalized the setting in his 1978 novel, The Proving Trail.
Like many museums, the Hotel de Paris moved away from decorative arts and room-specific descriptions to a more theme- and story-based interpretation. Pre-Covid, docent-led tours of about 45 minutes were the big attraction, where visitors learn about Louis Dupuy as well as workers and guests as they explore the three levels of the former hotel and restaurant. Stories of the workers and guests contribute to the Content has also expanded to focus more on the Chinese and Jewish contributions at Hotel de Paris. Printed translations of tours are available in French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.
Sunday, Monday, Friday, Saturday
Open 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM / Close 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM