Valhalla is a
mansion found on the Owensburg-Koleen Road, southeast of Bloomfield.
Although this mansion has had many owners, the current owners are Gary and
Karen Crum. This wooden-structured mansion dates back to the pre-Civil War
era and has been restored by a previous owner, Robert Patagoni-Rehner. He
worked on the mansion from the 1960s to 1995 when he sold it. He restored
this mansion with the idea of making it the beautiful and peaceful place it
The Valhalla mansion was built in 1770 by a family with
the last name of Armstrong. Originally the structure was a log cabin.
Several rooms have been added throughout the years, and the exterior has
been painted white. It now contains twelve major rooms, including three
bedrooms, living room, library, chapel, pink room, green room, and dining
During the time Patagoni-Rehner owned the house, tours
were held on special occasions. The following describes the setting that
could be observed under his ownership.
The master bedroom was of Japanese style. Because of
the precious mats, shoes had to be taken off before entering. The walls were
specially decorated, such as the Kabuki Dancer in costume over the bed. This
room had a small adjacent room, filled with important pictures and art
projects. The room opened into a stairway that lead down to the patio and
gardens. The stairway allowed entrance to the gardens without going though
the living room.
The back bedroom was done in all white and Wedgwood
green. It was much smaller and was decorated in the 1770s style. Authentic
candleholders, mirrors, and cabinets were highlights of this room.
The top floor of the mansion was a bedroom as well as
an art gallery. Many paintings, mostly those of Robert Patagoni-Rehner, were
located in this room. It also contained many collections from his childhood.
The living room was filled with colonial art, and the
overhead light was made from Australian glass. All walls were decorated, and
one wall was a duplicate of "The Creation of Man." The fireplace had been
closed up due to fear of fire destroying the mansion. The floors were made
of black and white tiles, and the windows were covered with Venetian blinds.
Both of these features represented the 1770s style of decor. In 1967 Loretta
Sachs and John Godfrey were united in marriage in this living room. Both
were students at Indiana University when they got married. Loretta had
worked at the Shawnee Theatre for several summers before 1967. She was
friends with Robert Patagoni-Rehner and had the privilege of having her
wedding in this room with its impressive circular stairway as the backdrop.
The library was decorated as an Eighteenth Century
Captainís Cabin. The walls were slanted, and there were special beams. This
room held an authentic gun collection, along with part of Patagoni-Rehnerís
The chapel was located at the top of the stairs and was
decorated after Charterís Grove with mostly walnut paneling. This chapel
contained the Chalices and Crucifix from St. Peterís Cathedral. It was full
of specially carved angels.
The pink room was decorated with a Chinese Chippendale
style. It had a hand carved ceiling, and all the furniture was made by hand.
This room was considered by many to be one of the loveliest rooms in the
The green room was just off of the living room.
Designed to resemble the Ladies Retiring Parlor from the famous Raleigh
Tavern, the room was decorated almost exactly the same as the original. It
contained authentic maps and prints.
The dining room was decorated with a simple theme. It
featured cabinets that were over 150 years old. Next to the cabinets was a
large wine cellar. The lighting fixtures were of Australian glass. The table
was four by twelve feet with additions at each end.
At the time Patagoni-Rehner sold the mansion he had
almost completely restored and decorated it. The mansion is a treasure
tucked away in rural Greene County.