Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites
2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation presented this
prestigious award to
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America "for acquiring,
restoring, and interpreting a collection of historic properties that offer
invaluable opportunities to experience the rich variety of America's
NSCDA in Colorado
The NSCDA in Colorado owns two
historic museum properties: the Hotel de Paris Museum in Georgetown
and the McAllister House Museum in Colorado Springs.
HOTEL DE PARIS MUSEUM
409 Sixth Street, Georgetown, CO 80444
Memorial Day to mid-September,
11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather
Directions: From Denver, travel west on I-70
for about 46 miles to Georgetown, Exit 228.
Photograph by Erik Kvalsvik
Louis Dupuy, an adventuresome Frenchman,
began this luxurious hostelry and restaurant in 1875 in Georgetown, Colorado,
a center for silver mining. Now a National Historic District, the
area preserves its historic Victorian quality.
The NSCDA in Colorado purchased the
building in 1954 and now operates it as the only hotel museum in The National
Society. Extensive work has been undertaken to preserve the building
and many of its original furnishings and decorative art objects remain.
Louis thought of the building as
his monument, writing, "...this house will be my tomb, and if in after
years, someone comes and calls for Louis Dupuy, show them this little souvenir
of Alencon which I built in America and they will understand."
|McALLISTER HOUSE MUSEUM
423 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
May through August, Wednesday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 4:00
p.m., September through April,
Thursday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and January
From I-25, take Bijou Street Exit
to Cascade, turn north (left) for 1 1/2 blocks.
McAllister House, a charming brick
and limestone Gothic-style cottage, is one of the first substantial dwellings
constructed in Colorado Springs. Built a year and a half after the
city was founded, when most houses were of vernacular frame construction,
it is the oldest house still standing.
General William Jackson Palmer,
founder of the city, chose Major Henry McAllister, his longtime military
and business associate, to be the Director for the Colorado Springs Company.
The Colonial Dames have authentically
restored the house. Details include original marble fireplaces, floor
to ceiling pocket windows, which slide up into the walls making nice doorways
to the verandas, and furnishings appropriate to the period.
In 1960, The National Society of
The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado rescued the house
from destruction and has owned and operated it since that time.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
ACCREDITED: NSCDA MUSEUM