The Brennan House is the last remaining Victorian mansion along what was once a residential street in downtown Louisville. Located at 631 S. 5th, the house dates to 1868 and features original interior finishes, lighting and furnishings from the Brennan family's extensive personal collection. This authentic historic home harkens to a time when horse-drawn carriages clip-clopped through downtown and 5th Street was lined with similarly appointed residences that reflected the grace and style of wealthy urban families in the late 19th century.
The Brennan House was built by tobacco wholesaler Francis Slaughter Jones Ronald and purchased in 1884 by Thomas Brennan, a native of Ireland and prominent inventor. He and his wife, Anna, had eight children who occupied the home through 1969. Today it houses the nonprofit advocacy organization Preservation Louisville Inc., whose mission is to protect and promote the cultural, architectural and environmental heritage of our community. Its stewardship of the Brennan House exemplifies this mission.
The three-story townhouse is constructed in the Italianate style withsix bedrooms, 16-foot ceilings, stained-glass windows, expansive veranda, hand-carved marble and slate mantels, crystal chandeliers and walls lined family portraits. Rooms are filled with an entirely original family collection including massive, hand-carved dining room and bedroom furniture, an ornate silver service, steamer trunks with memorabilia from world travels, and a library lined with richly-bound volumes. One son - Dr. J.A.O. Brennan - added an office, waiting room and exam room to the north wing of the house in 1912 which remains intact, including exam table, equipment and medical volumes dating to the early 20th century.
Today the Brennan House Historic Home and Gardens remains virtually untouched since Victorian times, an oasis amid a bustling21st century backdrop. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Brennan House and Gardens is available to rent for weddings, parties, corporate events or meetings.
Experience this beauty and history for yourself:
With its grand staircase, Tiffany desk lamp and polished antiques,the Brennan House Historic Home and Gardens is a magical venue for intimate gatherings and an impressive space for corporate functions and events. Both the house and grounds may be utilized for up to 150 people and the rental fee includes chairs, tables, and a grand piano on site. A gazebo and cast iron fountain will make a garden ceremony the wedding of your dreams. Please see Rental Info for more information.
The Brennan House is available for group tours by appointment, requested minimum of 10 per party and a $50 donation. Additional guests will be charged $5 each. Please see Education for more about our educational tours, also scheduled by appointment only.
Plan your own special event at The Brennan House or attend one of the regularly scheduled events sponsored by Preservation Louisville Inc. including training programs offered through the Hands-On History series, Tax Credit Workshops for state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, and meetings focusing on current issues in preservation advocacy, as well as celebrations such as Irish Heritage Day and the Victorian Holiday tours.
Become a member now or visit Preservation Louisville's website for more information.
The Brennan House is available for group tours by appointment!