October 6, 2012

Ringling Mansion

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John and Mable Ringling lived here on Sarasota Bay in their winter home called the Ca'd'Zan, which means 'House of John'.  It's five stories tall with 36,000 square feet including 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms.  Built in one year, from 1924-25, it cost the Ringlings $1.5 million.  From the far right side of this photo, if you looked up, you would see the view that's now the SDP banner.  And, if you pivoted 180 degrees you would see this: 
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What a view!  Whenever I'm out here, I can almost hearing the tinkling of wine glasses during a Gatsby-style party with music wafting over the bay during a warm winter evening.  This must have been quite the place to see and be seen back in the day.  Check out more about the Ca'd'Zan here.

6 comments:

Lyndsey Chapin said...

We always love going there. I even had my husband go to see it from the water when we were in our boat!

We are: clamco said...

What beautiful architecture! The colors really stand out against the blue sky. And what a view!

Jack said...

What a place, SRQ. Next cocktail party you attend here, I'm going, too.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's fabulous SRQ, like you I can imagine the elegant parties that went on here years ago. The view is just lovely.

Kate said...

Spectacular view, for sure. What do people do with all that space in one home?!

Cathy Hudspeth said...

I haven't been there in a long time, but you are making me want to travel down to be there again. I, too, think of all the amazing soirees that must have gone on there, especially on that patio!