The Palatial Winter Mansion of John and Mable Ringling in Sarasota, Florida
Unlike Europe there are few homes that are called palaces in the United States. The John and Mable Ringling winter home in Sarasota, Florida would certainly qualify to be named as such.
In fact it has a name.
C`a d'Zan which means "House of John" in the Venetian dialect is the title for this palatial home.
My mother and I were visiting with my aunt and uncle who reside in Florida part of the year. They decided to show us this home and the Ringling Museum of Art and the Circus Museum which are all contained on the grounds of this massive estate.
The address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida 34243
This mansion sits on the waterfront of Sarasota Bay. The West Facade of C`a d'Zan overlooking the water is spectacular to say the least!
Intricate marble flooring and carved decorated railings would have greeted the guests arriving by boat.
As is often the case the side of a home facing the water is the most elaborate and C`a d'Zan does not disappoint.
360 degree view of exterior of the Ringling Mansion by the water.
Few people except the very wealthiest could have had a home like this constructed.
A circus empire helped create the wealth that the Ringling's enjoyed. John Ringling became one of the richest people on earth back in that time.
Architectural styles influenced by Italian Renaissance, Venetian Gothic, Baroque as well as modern merged to create this grand palace commissioned by John and Mable Ringling for their winter home.
The extensive 66 acre estate contains beautiful gardens and museums. The Ringling Museum of Art and later the Circus Museum were additions to these landscaped grounds.
The estate including the mansion, grounds, museums and contents were donated to the State of Florida for the benefit of its citizens after the demise of John Ringling. Mable had preceded him in death.
The legacy left behind for everyone to enjoy consists of a wonderful collection of eloquent furnishings and art as well as the architecture itself which can be admired for its intricate designs and workmanship.
We were visiting there in 1997 and at that time C`a d'Zan was being restored to return to its 1920s appearance.
The Court which is the magnificent 30 foot high living room is pretty much the central focal point of the house with the other rooms organized around it.
Everywhere one looks details emerge like the onyx faced columns on the first floor which become covered with terracotta on the second floor.
The ceilings are works of art and elaborate designs of paint and inlaid tile and other materials have one gazing up.
The windows are a colorful mixture of stained glass and unique designs. Various beautiful woods were utilized throughout the house.
The furnishings and paintings were the best that money could buy and fill each room with beauty and a sense of luxury.
Many of the rooms are open for public viewing. Prepare to be overwhelmed with opulent views of how the Ringling's lived.
Narrated tour of the John Ringling Mansion with some background information about them...(Excellent video!)
Have you visited the palatial Ringling mansion in Sarasota?
Events Held on the Patio
This historic building is now utilized for many events including such things as regularly scheduled teas, lunches, etc. on the bayside patio.
Memberships can be purchased and one can enjoy the ambiance of living like the very wealthy if even for simply a moment in time.
Hope that you enjoyed this look at the palatial winter home of John and Mable Ringling in Sarasota, Florida. If you have visited this attraction, please leave impressions of your visit in the comment section below. Thanks!
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