Spotlight on Business
The Historic Boulder Dam Hotel
by Roseanne Schoaff
In September of 2005, the Boulder City Museum and Historical Association, BCMHA, acquired the Boulder Dam Hotel from its three partners and set out to restore the “historic vitality” of the building by creating an environment that not only preserves the building’s historical beauty and integrity, but also embodies the spirit of the people of Boulder City today. The building is historic, certainly, but it is also a local icon and a vital contributor to the social and cultural fabric of a town. The hotel hosts such social and cultural events as quilting retreats, medical conferences, NPS and Bureau of Reclamation meetings, art classes, weddings, memorials, receptions, church retreats, and political events.
In 2006 and 2007, over $300,000 of capital improvements were made to the Boulder Dam Hotel to enhance the ongoing restoration project. Funding for all these improvements came through project-specific grants (75%), BCMHA funds (20%), and private donations (5%). Specific capital improvements include replacing the old heating and cooling system with individual room units, a surveillance system, new carpeting, tile, and light fixtures in the common areas, and stamped concrete on the front porch and G level hallways. Extensive repairs were also made to the plumbing.
Guest rooms have been remodeled to preserve the building’s historic charm and to also provide guests with the modern conveniences they have come to expect from a fine hotel. Guests enjoy free wireless internet throughout the building and a business center where they can surf the net and copy, print, scan or fax documents. Entering the hotel, visitors find a beautiful lobby with the original southern gumwood paneling, fireplace, and stairwell. If they’re lucky, they may happen upon one of our talented local musicians tickling the ivories of the beautiful Chickering piano. Just beyond the lobby on the first floor, visitors relish in a unique shopping experience including Regeena’s Unique Boutique of Magnificent Finds, Hollywood Gems, and the Boulder City Art Guild Gallery. Matteo’s Restaurant off the lobby offers tasty lunch and dinner menus to hotel guests, locals, and tourists.
In 2007, over 13,000 people traveled through the museum and 3,600 guests spent over 4,800 nights in the 20 room hotel. The extensive museum archives located on the G level continue to preserve the relics, photographs, and manuscripts related to the construction of Hoover Dam and the rise of Boulder City as one of the most unique places in the Southwest. The archives are frequented by researchers seeking information they can only find here. Activity has steadily increased since the BCMHA acquired the building thanks to the Board of Directors’ commitment to the proper historic rehabilitation of the building, as well as their desire to reestablish the hotel as the cultural hub of Boulder City.
On December 15, 2008, The Boulder Dam Hotel will mark its 75th anniversary of serving both travelers and locals alike. With the continued rehabilitation of the building and the ongoing desire to maintain the hotel as an important cultural center and tourist attraction, we can expect to see the Boulder Dam Hotel thrive for years to come.
Learn more at www.boulderdamhotel.com.