Cool Breeze Bed & Breakfast

1240 South East Second Street, Evansville, Indiana 47713
Innkeeper(s): Katelin & David Hills
  • Introduction

    Cool Breeze Bed & Breakfast Evansville, IndianaYour home away from home

    At Cool Breeze Bed & Breakfast, one of Evansville, Indiana's loveliest and most historically unique homes, you will find spacious rooms, all with private baths, queen-sized beds, antiques, cable TV, phones and a breakfast to remember. With 16 years B&B experience, Katelin is known for her baking skills, decorating, and making you feel at home. This was once the home of truck and auto builder Joseph Graham and Giltner Igleheart of Swans Down Cake Flour. Now it is loved by guests from all over the world.

    Evansville, Indiana is a hub for the entire Ohio Valley Region. Located only hours from all the major cities in the area, it is an ideal jumping off point for your explorations or business.

    At Cool Breeze Bed & Breakfast you will find a glimpse of our little world of comfort, beauty, peace, romance, history, privacy, books, movies, friendship, family heirlooms, the fragrance of baking bread, the fellowship of a bountiful breakfast table, the wicker swing on the large tiled porch and the chime of the old clock on the marble mantle.

    The Cool Breeze Veranda, with its pillars and inlaid tiled floor is a wonderful venue for a lazy afternoon; a quiet respite from a busy day touring the Evansville area.

    The best part of our day is jCool Breeze Bed & BreakfastEvansville, Indianaoining our guests for a bountiful breakfast we serve family style. I came from a family of fine bakers. We try to make it different everyday with hot main dishes and meat, breads, coffee cakes, fruit as well as coffee, tea and juice. We can easily honor dietary needs.

    French mural wallpaper by the peerless wallpaper firm, Zuber & Cie., designed in 1834 (and chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House Diplomatic Reception Room), adorns the formal dining room. Manufactured using hand-blocked manufacturing methods, the mural is noted for its vibrant colors and striking detail, depicting scenes from the American colonization period.

    The large living room is an ideal place to relax on a comfortable english country sofa in front of an italian marble fireplace. Adjoining it is a library with a large collection to read and browse. From the corner arrangements in our living room to the comfortable seatings, we want you to feel comfortable and relaxed.

  • Amenities

    In my 26 years as an innkeeper, I've met so many interesting people from all over the world. Some are looking for a more relaxing business trip. Some people come for a reunion, or a girl friends getaway. We are honored when a couple chooses Cool Breeze for their wedding night and anniversaries. Most of all I believe in romance, that guests want to make happy memories together. Don't you agree?

    We make it our mission to provide all the luxuries of home so that your stay with us will be as comfortable and care free as possible. Our large library of books and movies allow you to slow down from the stresses of life, and our fine linens on a queen sized bed allow you to sleep easy. However, we also provide the technologies to keep you connected and informed. Let's not forget the home-made hot breakfast.

    See what all we have to offer you:

    • 4500 square feet
    • 1-1/2 acres
    • large high-ceilinged rooms
    • queen-size beds
    • Private baths (showers & tubs)
    • Cable TV
    • Italian Marble Fireplace
    • Wireless Internet
    • Telephones
    • Hot breakfast
    • Luxurious linens and table settings
    • 40 foot veranda/porch, perfect for relaxation
    • Romantic and private
    • Large library of books and movies
    • Smoke-Free Environment
    • Child-friendly
    • Central air conditioning
    • Off-street parking
    • Cable TVs in all rooms
    • Located in heart of Evansville Historic District
    • Close to river promenade and local

    All Guest Rooms are large rooms and have queen-size beds, private baths and phones Full breakfast includes a main dish, fresh fruit and home-made breads, scones and coffee cakes, and a variety of beverages.

    A house is not a home until someone takes it upon themselves to make it one.
    We have done that at Cool Breeze Bed & Breakfast for our past guests
    and hope to do so for your visit as well.

    Gift Certificates are Available!

  • History

    There is a sense of comfort to this 1906 Harris & Shopbell-designed house. Its foursquare massing, popular during the early years of this century, features a commodious front porch tucked under the second story, narrow weatherboard, a second story bay (an oriel) and dormers. The guest rooms occupy the outer corners of the second floor, around a large central hall.

    The house has a definite Arts' & Crafts and Prairie School influence. The first owner was Augustine G. Torian, part owner of the Torian-Barbour Hat Company.

    In 1914, the house was purchased by Joseph Graham, owner with his 2 brothers, of the Graham Truck Co. (founded in 1919 at Stringtown and Maxwell; in 1927, it became the Chrysler plant which assembled Plymouth cars until 1959. (The stamp above depicts the 1932 model presented to Pope Pius XII which is still in the Vatican collection). The Grahams were also producers of the famous Graham-Paige car and owners of the old Madison Square Garden in New York City. Joseph Graham moved to Detroit in 1935; and the property was sold to the John Giltner Iglehearts.

    Igleheart was a member of the family that founded Igleheart Bros. Mill (1956) originators of the nationally known and marketed "Swan's Down Cake Flour, " which is still a favorite of cake bakers. (Igleheart Mills has been a division of General Foods since 1926; it was one of the first – probably first local company to be bought by a national concern. The Igleheart division was shut down on January 28, 1993.

    But in the end, a house is not a home until someone takes it upon themselves to make it one. We hope that we have done that for our past guests and hope to do so for you as well.

  • Guest Comments

    "What a warm wonderful place."

    "This is a very restful and peaceful home."

    "I've found delight in all the old touches of the house, the patterns of the tiles, the wood, the windows-the play of light throughout the house."

    "Coolbreeze is a house of light. Coolbreeze is a home of love. Whosoever enters its walls will will surely leave with a gladdened heart."

    "What an amazing time it was to sleep in Joseph B. Graham's home."

    "Dad has commented several times how much he enjoyed the house, so relaxing and comfortable it was."

    "The B & B experience is like no other, and the Cool Breeze definitely did not disappoint."

    "The ambiance, the cooking, the delightful conversation."

    "Breakfast was the best!"

    "A lovely retreat in your magnificent home, the very best breakfast we ever enjoyed and charming company."

    ".....from the beautiful table you set, the delicious food and good company."

    "A classic B & B, great bed and fantastic banana bread."

    "Great hospitality and the food was outstanding!"

    "Lovely home and gracious hostess and host."

    "Your hospitality is unmatched."

    "You made my business trip more like a vacation."

    "I feel like I have a couple of new friends and I did enjoy that little dog."

    "We have enjoyed the warmth and loveliness while we shared our stories."

  • Area Information

    Evansville is a unique blend of historic attractions and all the modern facilities and conveniences you would expect of a growing Midwestern city.

    Here are links to various sites about Evansville. The convention and Vistors Bureau has an especially informative one of all the things you might do while you are here. This is also a shopping mecca.

    Eastland Mall, (Green River Rd at Vogel Rd)

    Washington Square Mall, (Green River at Washington Ave)

    Franklin St shops


    • Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau,
    • Evansville Museum of Arts and Science,
    • Evansville Children's Museum,
    • Angel Mounds State Historic Site,
    • Mesker Park Zoo,
    • LST 325,
    • Wesselman's Woods Nature Preserve,
    • Ford Center
    • Casino Aztar,
    • Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra,
    • Newburgh Country Store,