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Daily Dream Home: Robinson Circus Home

Daily Dream Home: Robinson Circus Home

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Today’s home in Terrace Park, Ohio is a fascinating Italianate style home with a colorful history. Built in 1854, the home has the the style and elegance of another century while boasting fabulous finishes and updates throughout.

The home is named the Robinson Circus house because in 1870, John F. Robinson bought the house and nearby acreage as the winter home for his circus. He had a popular circus and transformed the home into a Victorian showplace.

The home has new gourmet kitchen.

The master suite has a dressing area and spa bathroom.

Robinson added two-story wrought-iron porches built in New Orleans and imported marble fireplace surrounds from Europe as well as enlarging the home to meet his lavish entertainment needs.

Other details of the home include second floor laundry, beautiful staircases, and a  fabulous finished third floor.


In 1916 the Robinsons sold their circus to the Ringling Brothers, but kept a few favorite elephants on the farm.  In 1932, Tillie, the family’s favorite elephant passed away. Her funeral was a civic event and school was dismissed, the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper sent a reporter and photographer and a plane flying overhead dropped flowers over the elephant barn. Today, her tombstone sits in front of the home as a wonderful reminder of a past as colorful as the circus itself.

During the 20th century, the home had a series of owners and underwent dramatic changes. The current owners have accomplished more than any other owner to restore and preserve the historical integrity and irreplaceable details while updating the spaces to be the finest in luxury and comfort for today’s living standards.

This historic home is listed for $1.189 million with Sibcy Cline Realtors and is showcased by Luxury Portfolio.