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July 10, 2004 - Colonial Dames Celebrate 50 Years of Preservation

What: 50 year Celebration of Ownership of Hotel de Paris

Where: Hotel de Paris, Georgetown

When: July 10, 2004

Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Ticket Prices: 50.

Beneficiary: Hotel de Paris Museum

 Mix, mingle and preserve.  A great crowd came out to support the preservation of the Hotel de Paris Museum.
Mix, mingle and preserve. A great crowd came out to support the preservation of the Hotel de Paris Museum.

Today, American business and culture seem to celebrate homogeneity and newness. Luckily, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in The State of Colorado doesn't fall into that same category. If they did, the Hotel De Paris in Georgetown, would have long ago withered away, and with it the knowledge of how things were done over a hundred years ago. This year, the Colonial Dames are celebrating 50 years of stewardship of the Hotel de Paris Museum. With the active support of individual benefactors and the Colorado Historical Society, the Dames have spent a lot of time, energy, and yes, money to preserve the history and well being of this hotel. The Hotel de Paris story begins in 1869 with the arrival of one Louis Dupuy to Denver. He originally toiled for the Rocky Mountain News. Seeking more excitement, he went to Georgetown to become a miner. His career as a miner was short-lived when he was injured in a mining accident. In 1875, he acquired the Delmonico Bakery and turned it into the Hotel de Paris. He wanted to create "a little souvenir" of his native France in this mountain community. Over the next 15 years Mr. Dupuy expanded and refined the hotel and it soon became a well-known place for businessmen and fine food. Fast forward to 1954 when the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in Colorado purchased the structure. In 1970 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now, as part of their ongoing effort to restore the Hotel to its original glory, the Dames are seeking to establish an endowment fund. This is a part of a cooperative agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. If you'd like to help with this effort, CLICK HERE. The next task is to restore the color of the original paint in the rooms. This is a fascinating and painstaking task. Paint from each room is chipped and put under a powerful microscope. After peeling away the top layers, the original hue can be ascertained. Then a paint is mixed and applied to each room. Over 100 people came out to support the efforts of the group and enjoy a beautiful Colorado afternoon. With very little effort one could imagine a similar gathering 100 years ago (except that the meat hooks outside in the courtyard would have been occupied!) A real treat for those in attendance was talking with Mrs. Zimmerman. She had worked at the hotel when she graduated from high school in 1936. Coming so soon after the Depression, her memories of the hotel at that time were very informative. Guests were also pleased to see and speak with Georgie Contiguglia. Georgie is the head of the Colorado Historical Society and has played a role in helping the Dames with their project.

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