The historic Molly Brown House Museum is a one of a kind house located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street in Denver, Colorado, that was the home of American philanthropist and socialite Margaret Brown. Built in 1892, the Molly Brown House Museum is a Denver landmark and one-of-a-kind home. The property includes an impressive collection of art, including works by Picasso, Monet and more.
Molly Brown, the Unsinkable Molly, was known for her survival skills. Molly Brown surprisingly survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic and now has a museum in Denver that houses exhibits about both Victorian-era lives as well as historic preservation across America during this time period when it was growing rapidly due to technological advancements like electric lights being invented by Thomas Alva Edison which were very popular among Americans.
In the late 1800s, a man named William A. Lang designed this house which incorporates several popular styles of architecture from around that time, including the Queen Anne style in America and Scottish Neil randomness lodging. The original owners were Isaac Large (a peanut farmer)and his wife Mary; however, due to financial problems caused by repealers of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act costing them money henced, they were forced to sell the house.
The iconic home was purchased by James Joseph Brown (J.J.) in 1894 for $30,000 dollars, and its title was transferred oversea just four years later when he married Margaret after her previous husband died. When the governor and his family vacationed in Colorado, they often used to rent out Margaret’s home. In 1902-1903 whilst their own mansion was being remodeled, thus giving them an opportunity for travel which made it easier on all parts involved.
When Margaret turned the home into a boarding house, she put it under the supervision of her housekeeper. The first Jane Addams Hull House settlement was started in this building after that, with rooms and apartments available for rent. The Molly Brown House was sold after Margaret’s death in 1932 for $6,000. It then became a rooming house with space available to men or women who were looking for rent-free accommodations, as well as an apartment complex where people could live on their own terms while earning some extra income by working at local businesses nearby.
The house was set for demolition in 1970, but a group of concerned citizens formed Historic Denver. They raised funds to restore the home and used architectural research as well as paint chip analysis after acquiring original photographs taken in 1910, which facilitated their reconstruction process. The organization still owns it today, with public tours available by reservation only.