Luxe Listing: The Robinson Circus House
The Robinson Circus house has been a staple in Terrace Park, Ohio since the 1870’s. Previously owned by John F. Robinson, the home and nearby land was originally purchased as a winter home for the famous “John Robinson Circus,” which was one of the most popular tourist attractions in country during the 19th century.
The Robinson’s and their circus toured the country for almost 50 years and returned to the Terrace Park home every winter with their entire ensemble. Upon their return, the area surrounding the home was filled with costume shops, stables, animal dens, practice rings, lion cages and acrobatic arenas to accommodate the many members of the collective.
From Mr. Robinson fetching a newspaper in a zebra drawn chariot, to the tale of a runaway elephant stampede, the circus and its stories remain a large part of the town’s rich history. After the Robinson’s sold the circus in 1916 to the Ringling Brothers, they kept a few elephants on the farm as companions. Tillie, the family’s favorite elephant, passed away in 1932. Her funeral was a town-wide event which featured a plane dropping flowers over the elephant barn and news coverage from the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. Tillie’s tombstone currently sits in front of the home as a reminder of the home’s historic past.
The Robinson’s customized the home and added unique features including, having elaborate two-story wrought-iron porches built in New Orleans and marble fireplace surrounds imported from Europe to make the space look more like an Italianate Victorian showplace.
Restored by the current owners to preserve its historical integrity, this home is updated but still retains its unique and irreplaceable details.
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