Trustee Emeritus Award for  Excellence in the Stewardship of  Historic Sites

 In November 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 heritage."

 

NSCDA in Colorado Museum Properties

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  (1875)

Address:  409 Sixth Street, Georgetown, CO 80444

Telephone:
  (303) 569-2311

Open:
 
Memorial Day to mid-September, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Directions:
 
From Denver, travel west on I-70 for about 46 miles to Georgetown, Exit 228.

Websites:  www.hoteldeparismuseum.org and
                    www.historicgeorgetown.org



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  (1873)

Address:  423 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Telephone:
 
(719) 635-7925

Open:
 
May through August, Wednesday through Saturday:
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.

Closed:
July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and January

Directions: From I-25, take Bijou Street Exit to Cascade, turn north (left) for 1 1/2 blocks.

Website: http://www.mcallisterhouse.org



 

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 PROPERTIES

Email: info@nscda.org
Last updated:  10/19/2011
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