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Updated: May 15, 2019

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Developer wants to breathe new life into Jerome’s Cuban Queen Bordello

The original bricks are piled up outside the former Cuban Queen building which collapsed in 2017. The bricks will be used on the new building. VVN/Vyto Starinskas


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JEROME - Memories of Madam Anita Gonzales and jazz musician Jelly Roll Morton will be in the room Wednesday when the Jerome Planning and Zoning Commission considers plans to build a new Cuban Queen Bordello Rooming House.

The new owner of the property, Windy Jones, said she and husband, Josh Lindner, are proposing to rebuild the one-time bordello in the “style” of the original Cuban Queen, even using scraped bricks from the Cuban Queen that collapsed in 2017.

Jones also wants to tell the history of the original structure and the people who lived in it, including Gonzales and Morton.

The proposed new Cuban Queen Bordello Rooming House will be three stories high and somewhat larger than the original Cuban Queen built a century ago.

To continue with the historic bordello theme, Jones said there will be four bedrooms, two on the top floor looking out at views of the Verde Valley in one direction and the “J” on Mingus Mountain.

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