Cà d'Zan - Sarasota, FL
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N 27° 22.988 W 082° 33.868
17R E 345299 N 3029843
Quick Description: Former winter home of John and Mable Ringling of the Ringling Circus overlooking the Sarasota Bay located at the John and Mable Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 8:37:18 PM
Waymark Code: WM62QM
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 8

Long Description:
Taken from Wikipedia - (visit link)

"Cà d'Zan, a Mediterranean Revival residence in Sarasota, Florida, was the winter home of Mable and John Ringling (roughly translated the name means "house of John"). He was a circus magnate, a developer, and art collector. Lovers of the Venetian esthetic, the Ringlings chose the site overlooking Sarasota Bay for its vista, which reminded them of the lagoon of their favorite city. The Ringlings had been renting the residence of Mary Louise and Charles N. Thompson on their extensive Shell Beach parcel, and decided to purchase some of the land to build a permanent winter headquarters that would include a residence on the bay and a museum for their extensive art and artifact collection. An art school was planned to abut the museum, but it never was built. Mable's rose garden was the first completed portion of the complex.

Details of the Cà d'Zan bay front facade, also showing a portion of the tower on the eastern elevationArchitectural details of the house reflect influences ranging from the Venetian Doge's palace to the tower of the first Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Items collected by the couple during their international travels were featured in the residence.

The design of the residence was commissioned from New York architect Dwight James Baum in 1924 and it was built by the Sarasota developer, Owen Burns. The work was completed in 1926, as the Florida boom collapsed and the bank failures that would lead to the crash of 1929 began. The name of the residence is Venetian for House of John. The original cost to build the home was $1.5 million. Adjusting for inflation, that converts to approximately $16 million in 2006 dollars.

The residence was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s. It is among the adjacent Shell Beach structures listed together as a historic district, which includes the Ellen and Ralph Caples residence, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Cà d'Zan, the Hester Ringling Landcaster Sandford residence, and the Edith and Charles Ringling residence.

The residence was restored in 2002 under the direction of Bill Puig. Most details of the original construction and decoration were restored faithfully except some of the interior color schemes."

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