The Unsinkable Molly Brown House

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Posted Tue, Jul 30, 2019

Molly Brown, J.J. Lawrence and Catherine [Photo: Nathan Featherstone]

DENVER, Capitol Hill– The Molly Brown House Museum, 1340 Pennsylvania St., is one Denver’s most famous historical landmarks. Full of interesting and amazing stories, it’s no wonder why the legendary residence is a historical place.

Tours of Brown’s palace take place every half hour and last about 45 minutes, with prices ranging from $9 to $13 depending on age and military serves, students and teachers.

As the tourist and Denverites alike wait on the front porch for the tour to start, they converse getting to know one another.

Getting a brief description of what the view would have been it and what building Molly help funds and build, the tour moves inside. Although the house is over 120-years-old, it still looks as it did when Margaret “Molly” Brown lived in it with her husband, James Joseph “J.J.” Brown, and her two kids, Lawrence Palmer Brown and Catherine Ellen Brown. Even though it’s known as the Molly Brown House, the Browns were not the first residents. Isaac and Mary Large had a well-known architect, William Lang, build the house. Due to an unfortunate trouble in the silver trade, they sold it to the Browns who where living in Leadville at the time.

Molly Brown House foyer. [Photo: Nathan Featherstone]

Starting in the foyer, there’s a portrait of Molly standing next to a statue of a lady who at one point was hold a tray for cards. As the tour moves into the parlor, they see a piano, polar bear rug and couches. The room was for entertaining guest, with some of the décor refurbish, others were originally own by the Browns. Exploring the first floor, many interesting facts about the house and Molly Brown captivated the tour group. With facts not known until recently the group got a better look into what life was like for the wealthy in the early 1900’s. Electricity, indoor plumbing, heat and a telephone the Browns live it up.

Proceeding to the second floor, tour guide Carol Lovanti gave a detailed account of the Browns living arrangement and how the different rooms were used, describing how Molly and J.J. had different bedroom. Tourist could go up to the third floor servant quarts.

Molly Brown’s parlor. [Nathan Featherstone]

Moving back to the first floor Lovanti entered the kitchen; other minor facts were bought up. Did you know the pressure cooker was invented in Denver? You do now. As the come to an end, tourists expressed how interesting and eye-opening the tour was.

“My favorite story of Margaret doesn’t necessarily pertain to the house, but it the how Margaret raises funds to help the poorer survivors of the Titanic,” Lovanti says. Molly help build many of Denver more popular building including Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and raised money to build the first juvenile house west of the Mississippi River.

Molly Brown: “I am a daughter of adventure.”

Molly Brown Portrait [Photo: Nathan Featherstone]

Molly Brown is most famous for surviving the Titanic, earning her the nickname “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Brown never intended to be on the Titanic. Receive news that her grandchild was ill, she purchased the first ticket back. While on deck she detected trouble due to her experience of travel. When she heard trouble, Brown quickly went back to her room and put on 12 layers of clothes and her lifejacket. Knowing five different languages, Molly help the crew get the passengers into the lifeboats. As the long lifeboat was dropping the crew picked her up and threw her in it.

If You Go:

Summer Hours 2019:

June 3rd – August 18th

Monday – Friday
First tour starts at 9:30 a.m.
Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
First tour starts at 10 a.m.
Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m.

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