Many celebrities have elaborate mansions all over the country, but Margaret “Molly” Brown’s home is a little different from the rest. Not only is it famous for being her home, but the Victorian architecture also became a museum. However, the threat of urban renewal put the house in danger of being taken down. In 1970, a successful plea was made to save the home, and thankfully, we can still visit it today.
Also in Colorado: The Sleeper House, aka The Sculptured House, is located in Golden, Colorado. Its futuristic, elliptical structure made an appearance in a Woody Allen film in 1973, which gave it its fame.
Oregon - The Pittock Mansion
Oregon Trail pioneers Georgiana and Henry Pittock lived in this reputable mansion for only a short period of time (1914-1919) before they, unfortunately, passed away. The two were huge influences in the development of the city years prior to living in the house. For example, Henry worked several years as a publisher of the Portland Oregonian.
After the house was put on the market in 1958, it stood empty for years. It was badly damaged in the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, and residents implored the city to buy it and turn it into a public space. In 1965, it opened as a museum. Also in Oregon: The Watzek House, built in 1935, is a modern home that is clearly years ahead of its time, stylistically.
Washington - Manresa Castle
In 1892, Manresa Castle was built as a private residence for Charles Eisenbeis, more commonly known as the city’s first mayor. It is located in the beautiful city of Port Townsend. At the time, it was the largest residence ever built in the city, with 30 rooms. After Charles' death, the house remained unoccupied for 20 years asides from its caretaker.
In 1927 the building was bought by Jesuit priests, who gave it the name "Manresa Castle." Currently, it is a hotel and offers services such as elegant wedding services and versatile meeting rooms. Also in Washington: The Ann Starrett Mansion, which is also located in Port Townsend, is known for being the iconic pink palace.
Maine - Olson House
What used to be an old farmhouse is now a public house museum operated by the Farnsworth Art Museum. Extraordinary artwork occupies the house, but perhaps Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting "Christina’s World" is the most famous. The painting, along with other works by Wyeth, was influenced by the home itself and the farmstead setting.
The house is a prime example of Greek Revival architecture and was originally a 14-room colonial farmhouse. It was the Wyeth's Summer home, and held a special place in Andrew Wyeth's heart. Also in Maine: The Victoria Mansion is an Italian villa-style mansion that displays how the high-status demographic lived before the Civil War.
Delaware - Winterthur House
The Du Pont family is historically one of the wealthiest families to have ever lived in the United States. Having found their fortune in the gunpowder industry in the mid-19th century, the family soon expanded into the automobile and chemical industries. Their early family home was Winterthur. Now a museum, the estate is a whopping 1000 acres and the house holds 175 rooms. Let that sink in for a minute.
In 1951, the house was converted into a museum, and it holds nearly 90,000 objects. Primarily, it contains decorative art and furniture dating between 1640 to 1860. It is surrounded by woodlands and gardens that are impeccably maintained.