The Brennan House: Where Victorian History Comes Alive
Imagine walking down 5th St. in downtown Louisville during the mid-19th century. Victorian mansions lining the street, complete with lush gardens and extensive verandas. Horses trotting by, their carriages full of families going to an extravagant evening party. Rain glistening as it falls in front of the street posts. And there, nestled in the center of it all, the beautiful Brennan House.
While it is very much the 21st century, the Brennan House is still a historic treasure to Louisville. Built in 1868, the Victorian beauty was purchased soon after by Thomas and Anna Brennan. Today the mansion still stands in downtown Louisville and is recognized on the National Registry of Historical Places. It became a Louisville landmark in 1975. There is much history to be found within its walls. A tour will reveal six bedrooms full of hand carved furniture with ornate woodwork. The period décor includes all original furnishings of the Brennan family. An addition includes an office that was used for medical exams, which houses period pieces dating back to the early 20th century. Original pictures of the Brennan family are hung throughout the home.
Preservation Louisville now resides in this elegant Victorian mansion. Their mission is to “protect and promote the cultural, architecture and environmental heritage of the community.” Preservation Louisville has a strong presence in Louisville, guiding our community to navigate local preservation issues. They assist neighborhoods with zoning issues, forming neighborhood plans and preserving landmark structures. Preservation Louisville also hosts a variety of educational opportunities including workshops titled Hands on History, Pizza and Preservation and Preservation Education! They even allow you to explore the Brennan House’s personal collection and history first hand. Contact them to schedule a tour reservation for groups of ten or more. There is a minimal donation of five dollars per person. The Brennan House can also be rented for weddings and private parties.
The Brennan House is hosting a special event Sunday, January 5th. Come dressed in your favorite Victorian period costume, as the Brennan House presents An Evening with Downtown Abbey. Arrive at the mansion at 8:00 p.m. to enjoy a special tour of the Brennan House. Hors d’oeuvres and spirits will be served, as you view a variety of items on display for a silent auction. All guests will then join together for the season four premiere of Downtown Abbey. At the end of the evening, a winner will be crowned for the favorite period piece costume. Advanced tickets are $20.00, or $25.00 at the door. Preservation Louisville members can purchase a ticket for $15.00. The Brennan House is located at 631 S. 5th St. in Louisville. For more information about this special event, click here. For more information about the Brennan House contact Preservation Louisville at 502-540-5145 or visit The Brennan House website.