“Typical Brown luck. We're unsinkable!” Molly Brown told the crowd waiting in New York City to meet survivors of the 1912 Titanic sinking. The irrepressible wife of a successful miner from Leadville was snubbed by Denver society but accepted on the East Coast and in Europe, and her story eventually inspired a Broadway play and movie. Molly never sank, but her house almost did. After her death in 1932, it became a home for wayward girls, then a target for demolition. Historic Denver, Inc., was formed in 1970 to rescue and restore this example of Queen Anne Style, built in rough-faced pink and gray rhyolite. As one of America's most flamboyant self-made women, Molly would probably be tickled pink to know that her home is now a popular house museum, faithfully restored from the anaglypta-covered entry hall to the stone lions in front. Interiors are fussy and rich with carved wood-work and a wealth of furnishings from the Brown era. The two-story carriage house has been converted to a gift shop and visitor reception area.
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