Molly Brown House

The Molly Brown House Museum (also known as House of Lions) is a house located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver, Colorado, United States that was the home of American philanthropist, activist, and socialite Margaret Brown. Brown was known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because she survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The museum, now located in her former home, presents exhibits interpreting her life and that of Victorian Denver as well as historic preservation. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. It is designated as a Denver Landmark.

Molly Brown House
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Front of the house
Molly Brown House is located in Colorado
Molly Brown House
Molly Brown House is located in the United States
Molly Brown House
Location1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver, Colorado
Coordinates39°44′15.0″N 104°58′50.6″W / 39.737500°N 104.980722°W / 39.737500; -104.980722Coordinates: 39°44′15.0″N 104°58′50.6″W / 39.737500°N 104.980722°W / 39.737500; -104.980722
Arealess than one acre
Built1887
ArchitectGeorge W. Clayton, William A. Lang
NRHP reference No.72000269[1]
CSRHP No.5DV.178
Added to NRHPFebruary 1, 1972

HistoryEdit

 
Detail of front porch.

The house was built in the 1880s by architect William A. Lang, incorporating several popular styles of the period, including Queen Anne style architecture in the United States, for the original owners Isaac and Mary Large. They suffered financially from the crash resulting from the repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act in 1893 and were forced to sell the house. It was purchased by James Joseph Brown (J.J.), Margaret's husband, in 1894 for US$30,000 and the title was transferred to Margaret in 1898, possibly due to J.J.'s deteriorating health.

 
The Molly Brown House Museum

Margaret and the family traveled frequently, and so the house was often rented out. In 1902, it was the governor's mansion for the Governor of Colorado and his family (Margaret invited the governor and his family to use her home while the governor's mansion was undergoing remodeling). In 1926, Margaret turned the home into a boarding house under the supervision of her housekeeper.[2] The house was sold after Margaret's death in 1932, for $6,000. The home then became a rooming house for men, a Jane Addams Hull House settlement, and rooms and apartments for rent.

RestorationEdit

 
Detail of front window.

The house continued to deteriorate and by 1970 was set for demolition, but a group of concerned citizens formed Historic Denver, Inc., raising the funds for the house to be restored to its former glory. In restoration, the group used architectural research, paintchip analysis, and original photographs taken in 1910 as guides to reconstructing it. Today the home is still owned by Historic Denver, Inc., and public tours are run daily for a fee.[3]

 
Molly Brown House interior doorknob, Denver CO USA, 2019
 
Molly Brown House welcome sign, Denver CO, 2019

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Iversen, Kristen (2018). Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth (3rd Ed). Johnson Books. ISBN 1555664687.
  3. ^ HouseFront[permanent dead link]

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