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Denver - Capitol Hill: Molly Brown House Museum

The Molly Brown House Museum, also known as the House of Lions, at 1340 Pennsylvania Street, was the home of American philanthropist, socialite and activist Margaret Brown, known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" because she survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The house was built in the 1880s by architect William A. Lang, incorporating several popular styles of the period, including Queen Anne Style architecture, 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 $30,000 and the title was transferred to Margaret in 1898.

 

The Brown family traveled a lot, so the house was often rented out. In 1902, it served as the governor's mansion for the Governor of Colorado, while the previous mansion underwent remodeling. During the Great Depression, Margaret was forced to turn it into a boarding house under the supervision of her housekeeper. After Margaret's death in 1932, the house, then in disrepair, was sold for $6,000 and the new owners drastically remodeled it to house 12 roomers.

 

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, public tours are run daily in the museum, featuring exhibits interpreting Molly Brown's life and that of Victorian Denver.

 

National Register #72000269 (1972)

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Taken on August 23, 2010