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Historic brothel seeks urban revitalization loan

By The Associated Press
Published On: Dec 25 2013 09:44:50 PM MST
Dumas Brothel

Photo from the Dumas Brothel website

BUTTE, Mont. -

Officials in Butte are considering a $92,000 loan request to help refurbish a 42-room brothel in what was once the middle of the city's red light district.
   
The Montana Standard reports in a story on Wednesday that the Urban Revitalization Agency has asked for more information about the plan that includes helping with outstanding debt for the Dumas Brothel on East Mercury Street.
   
The Dumas Brothel was built specifically as a brothel in 1890 and is one of the few buildings still standing designed for that purpose.
   
Butte residents Michael Piche and Travis Eskelsen bought the building in 2012 with plans to improve it.
   
The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a museum, but it has fallen into disrepair.