The Brennan House

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The Brennan House is a three-story brick townhouse constructed in the Italianate style [in 1868]. Although constructed by tobacco merchant Francis S. J. Ronald, it takes its name from the Thomas Brennan family, longest occupants at this address. It represents townhouse living in Victorian Louisville and is one of the last surviving Victorian residences still standing in the metro area’s downtown. – Louisville Landmarks

The architect is unknown, but the style of the house was re­flective of those designed by Louisville archi­tect Henry Whitestone. Brennan, a native of Ireland, was a Lou­isville farm equipment manufacturer and inven­tor. He and his wife, Anna (Bruce) Brennan, were the parents of eight children. – Louisville Encyclopedia

Surprisingly, it has survived in a period of widespread urban expansion in Louisville’s downtown and has an interior that remains virtually intact. Even more remarkable, however, is the fact that the house is furnished with the personal effects of the Brennans who lived here from 1884 to 1969. Worldly and well-traveled, the Brennan collection includes gilt-framed mirrors, Tiffany lamps, and a ten-foot-tall walnut hat rack. After the last Brennan died, the house and its furnishings were bequeathed to the Filson Club (now Filson Historical Society). The Filson managed the house until 1992 when it was sold to Brennan House, Inc., a private foundation. – Louisville Landmarks