Filed Under Butte

Dumas Hotel

Butte National Historic Landmark District

French Canadian brothers Arthur and Joseph Nadeau built this house of prostitution in 1890. Reflecting the architecture of the trade, each room features a door and window so customers could “shop.” In 1900, when Grace McGinnis was madam, the Dumas was in the heart of the red-light district, an area roughly two blocks square and crowded with saloons and gambling halls. Prostitutes worked everywhere from squalid alley “cribs” to high class “parlor houses” such as the Dumas. Prostitution, although never legal in Butte, was tolerated as a necessity for miners and “gentlemen” alike. The district faded as years passed, but women at the Dumas serviced customers until 1982.

Images

Dumas Hotel
Dumas Hotel Dumas Hotel (PAc 91-51 B1 RollCBD07 F26). Front to side view of the building, facing northwest on East Mercury Street. B&W. Source: Montana State Historic Preservation Office from the Photograph Archives at the Montana Historical Society Creator: Photographer unidentified Date: 1985
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Dumas facade Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Bryan Baldwin Date: August 8, 2022
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Dumas Detail Source: Montana Historical Society Creator: Bryan Baldwin Date: August 8, 2022

Location

45 East Mercury Street, Butte, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “Dumas Hotel,” Historic Montana, accessed May 25, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/1994.