A prominent lumber merchant, Clarence Mengel, built the house at the turn of the century. After extensive restoration in 1994, the house was converted to the Columbine Bed & Breakfast. The former owner's reputation as the "mahogany king" of Louisville can be seen in the extensive use of wood throughout the house, from the elaborate and detailed wood flooring found in each room, to the rare Honduran mahogany used for walls on the first floor. Be sure to notice the eight-foot high sliding pocket doors separating the Dining Room and Parlor. Because one room is trimmed in Honduran mahogany and one in quarter-sawn oak, the doors are laminated so the wood is in keeping with the room it faces when the doors are closed. There are two parlors on the first floor for guests to relax. And if you want to be outside, take advantage of the Columbine's two porches and garden before retiring to your room.

A sweeping wood staircase takes you up to the second floor but before you get there, take a minute to enjoy the large stained glass window at the mid-story landing. Sit on the built-in, hand-carved window seat on the landing and enjoy the sun streaming in through the golden panes. There is a lovely sitting area and hospitality desk where you will find complimentary drinks and snacks.

The third floor was originally the gentleman's billiard room and lounge. Today, the space is used for our expansive Duncan Suite and the Di Sopra room. Angled rooflines, original pocket doors, and the half-moon window in the pediment of the fa├žade, create a unique retreat for our modern day visitors.