The Famous Circus House Was Purchased At Auction. Now It’s Headed For Restoration

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Brush off your history books, friends. We’re going back in time.

The year is 1895. Peter Sells, of the famous Sells Brothers Circus, hires local architect Frank Packard to design an epic house for his wife, Mary. The home becomes a mix of styles, from Gothic to Romanesque, and even includes a few nods to the circus life with brick details that mimic the fringe of a circus tent.

Over the course of the next 100 years, the house would go on to become one of the most iconic mansions in Columbus. Overlooking Goodale Park on Dennison Ave, the 7,414 square foot home has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and tons of incredible perks like a beautiful swimming pool and geothermal heating. That’s not to say that the house hasn’t seen better days.

The home had been restored by former owners Dave and Erica Brownstein and remodeled by former owners Fritz and Karina Harding. After the home was purchased by Weston Wolfe who added a pool and made other renovations, it drifted into disrepair.

The home was foreclosed on in January and headed to auction on July 22.The home was purchased at auction for $873,400 by a couple who has so far remained anonymous. According to Barry Baker, president of Ohio Real Estate Auctions, “they plan to restore the property to its former glory.”

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