'The Last House on the Block': Preserving the Dumas Brothel in Butte, Montana: 1890-2016

dc.contributor.advisor West, Carroll
dc.contributor.author Sales, Veronica Leigh
dc.contributor.committeemember Hoffschwelle, Mary
dc.contributor.department History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-21T20:25:45Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-21T20:25:45Z
dc.date.issued 2016-10-28
dc.description.abstract Prostitution became one of Butte’s main industries after its establishment as a mining camp in the nineteenth century. The Dumas Brothel, a Victorian parlor-house brothel modeled after contemporary rooming houses, is one of the last examples of this once-thriving industry in Butte, and one of the least-altered and best-preserved examples in the country. It operated as a house of prostitution until 1982, making it one of the longest-operating brothels in the country. It operates now as a brothel museum—one of the few in the country. Since its closing, the Dumas has been preserved through the efforts of several individuals—mostly locals, who have recognized the Dumas’s importance to local history and its architectural appeal. Moreover, as the site of over ninety years of women’s labor, the Dumas is incredibly significant for its importance to an oft-neglected aspect of women’s history, labor history, and frontier history.
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/5158
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Adaptive reuse
dc.subject Brothel
dc.subject Butte
dc.subject Historic preservation
dc.subject Montana
dc.subject Prostitution
dc.subject.umi American history
dc.subject.umi Women's studies
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title 'The Last House on the Block': Preserving the Dumas Brothel in Butte, Montana: 1890-2016
dc.type Thesis
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