History

The historic Sells Mansion was built in 1895 by circus magnate, Peter Sells. Designed by prominent architect Frank Packard, who is responsible for designing Columbus landmarks such as the Governors Mansion, the old Columbus Country Club and the Jeffrey Mansion.

  • Several original features remain including plaster arches throughout, stained glass windows with Peter Sells initials and the notable grand curving stairway.
  • During the late 1800's, the Sells Brothers Circus was one of the largest, most successful shows of its kind in the country. So large that it rivaled the Ringlings brothers and Barnum and Bailey, who eventually acquired the Sells Circus following Peter's death.
  • Weston Wolfe, owner of Wolfe Insurance Group, currently owns and resides in the property as only the 7th private residence.
  • During the 122 years since the property was built, it has tenured organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police(1953-1959), the House of Hope for Alcoholics(1960-1961) and became a nursery school for 33 years(1963-1996) following a brief vacancy.
  • While the property currently is held as a private residence, the Carriage House is for renting year-round and the Circus House is frequently hosting film productions and photo and video shoots. Please inquire below with your interests.
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Carriage House

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  • Stay in the Carriage House of the historic Circus House property.
  • The Carriage House was originally used to house the servants of the property and family. The outside shares the same aesthetic of the main house, while the inside has been updated making this a very comfortable home of it’s own.
  • The Carriage House is just under 1,700 Sq Ft with 2 Bedrooms and 2 full baths. The home is completely furnished and available for rent by day or weekend for your stay while in Columbus or if you’re looking for a nice weekend downtown in the heart of the Short North.
  • Inquire at our contact form below or reserve via Air BnB at the “Reserve Now” button above.

Local Attractions

Wondering what to do around Columbus? The Short North is full of great bars and restaurants, but we’ve added a few notable attractions below you might want to visit!

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Experience Columbus

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Franklin Park Conservatory

Franklin Park Conservatory

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North Market

North Market

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Columbus Clippers

Columbus Clippers

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Columbus Bluejackets

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Columbus Zoo

Columbus Zoo

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The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University

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Contact

Contact us today to inquire about staying at the historic property or utilizing for events