MOLLY BROWN HOUSE MUSEUM

1340 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO

(303) 832-4092

Status: Former Residence; Heritage House/Museum

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History

This house was originally built in 1889 for Issac and Mary Large who sold the house to JJ Brown, Molly’s husband, in 1894. In 1898 the house title was transferred to Molly probably due to JJ’s failing health.

The Brown family were frequent travelers – this is the Unsinkable Molly Brown who survived the Titanic disaster – so the house was often rented out. The Governor of Colorado – at Molly’s invitation - even lived in the house when the Governor’s Mansion was being remodeled.

When Molly died in 1932 the house was already being used as a rooming house under the management of Molly’s housekeeper. It was later divided into apartments for rent.

By the early 1970’s the house was in such a condition that there were plans to completely demolish it. A group called Historic Denver raised funds to buy the house and then renovated it back to the way it was when Molly lived there.

It is still owned by Historic Denver and open to the public for tours.

 

Paranormal Activity

The staff at this location vehemently deny this location is haunted.

The most common evidence of paranormal activity is the phantom smell of pipe smoke. The house, like all public buildings these days, is absolutely smoke free, so where does the smell come from. Apparently, JJ – Molly’s husband – liked to smoke a pipe so it is thought to be his ghost responsible for the smell.

The apparition of a woman in a Victorian era dress has been seen moving the furniture in the house. Perhaps Molly herself returns occasionally and rearranges things more to her liking.

Other Reported Activity: apparitions of Mary, JJ and other family members have been reported throughout the house; electrical disturbances including someone unscrewing the lightbulbs; light anomalies; cold spots and the feeling of not being alone.