217 Buttles Ave
Columbus, OH 43215
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(614) 418.5710

About: Circus House

During the late 1800s, the Sells Brothers Circus, based in Columbus, OH, was one of the largest and most successful shows of its kind in the country. It seemed only fitting that one of the owners, Peter Sells, would have a house to match. Designed by prominent architect, Frank Packard, the Romanesque style Circus House was built in 1895 and has been restored to all of its majesty on the corner of Goodale Park. Since its construction, the Circus House has acted as a variety of things beyond a private residence; from the 1920-50s it was used by the United Commercial Travelers company, as the meeting place for the Fraternal Order of Police in the 1950s, as the House of Hope for Alcoholics in the early 1960s, and even as a nursery school from 1963-1996. Weston Wolfe, the current owner, is only the seventh private resident in its 122 year history. The Carriage House, located behind the historic main house, at one time housed some of the animals from the circus menagerie. It has since been renovated and made into a comfortable rental and stylish guest house where you and your guests will enjoy the comforts of home while being in walking distance to the various shops, restaurants, and nightlife spots in the Short North Arts District.