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In the late nineteenth century, Peter Sells and his three brothers ran one of the nation’s largest circuses, the Sells Brothers Circus.   Peter Sells built this remarkable house, which is eclectic in design with a mix of vaguely Norman, Tudor, and Arts & Crafts elements such as the corbelled table that runs round the tops of the ground story projections, its slightly pointed arches, and deep roof eaves.  Situated at the northwest corner of Goodale Park, the picturesque house is dominated by its hat-like pyramidal roof of red tile. The 8,000-square-foot house features a large boxy porch, as well as a buttressed porte cochere of generous proportions; a matching carriage house is located at the rear. Within, a variety of circus-inspired motifs decorate the carved woodwork.  Sellsville, the winter home for the circus, was located not far to the west, on the other side of the Olentangy River. The brothers sold their circus enterprise to Barnum & Bailey in 1904.

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