Monday Walk: Ca’ d’Zan

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Ca’ d”Zan (located in Sarasota, Florida), meaning the House of John in a Venetian dialect — the winter residence of John and Mable Ringling.

John Ringling(1866–1936) owned the Ringling Brothers Circus; he also invested in oil, ranching, railroads, and real estate, becoming one of the richest men in America.

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The Ringling mansion was built in 1924 and completed by the end of 1926, cost $1.5 million to construct, approximately $20.9 million today.

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The back of his mansion faces the beautiful ocean view.

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John Ringling was a night person because of his Circus business. He had his breakfast lat in the morning, and his breakfast menu was 6 eggs and a piece of steak or ham. He often ordered his breakfast to be served on his boat.

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A glimpse of inside the mansion (taken with iPhone 6):

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 When the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression, John Ringling lost his fortune, but was able to retain his home, the museum and his extensive art collection. He died with only $311 in the bank.

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For Jo’s Monday Walk. Jo is taking us to São Lourenço Trail for a relaxing walk.

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Have a great week! 🙂

58 thoughts on “Monday Walk: Ca’ d’Zan

  1. So, with that type of breakfast, he didn’t have any problems with cholesterol? 😉 Or, maybe, at that time they had not yet heard of it! 😉
    Thanks for sharing the pictures of a gorgeous location, and have a wonderful week,
    Pit

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  2. Your photos here are truly a delight, Amy — the shadows and lines, tiles, clouds. Enjoyed the story of Mr. Ringling too. But what gave me a fun smile was the wry photo at the end, the man’s tee shirt saying, following the tour of this extensive and opulent mansion. Great post!

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  3. Wonderful walk around his property,dear Amy!Magnificent mansion with most elaborate facades and fabulous inside photos displaying high class interior dec and style.The Grandeur of Richness and Elegance is obvious everwhere,and your photography is supreme as always 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  4. Beautiful place Amy – the lap of luxury at its finest. The detailing in this place is incredible. Thanks for sharing these images, the last one w/lettering on the guys shirt (priceless).

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    • You’re right, the details are incredible. The lace bedspread, for example, had 12 different patterns and were handmade… I was taking a last look of the mansion, this guy was right in between the building and me. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Charlie! I took these photo while following the tour guide’ there were a tour ahead of us and behind us… It was challenging to take photos in the mansion. 🙂

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  5. As you know… I visit Sarasota quite often. I have been here and enjoyed cocktails while touring. What a delight.
    You captured the beauty of this place remarkably well! Thank you once again for the memories!

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  6. My grandparents lived in Clearwater so we went one year yo Busch Gardens and other years,nice places. My favorite time of being totally in awe of so many aspects of things waa at the Sarasota Ringling Brothers home/mansion! We don’t have photos but I have a couple postcards. So, your post was gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

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  7. So fabulous, Amy! I can hardly believe that I missed this, but here I am, just in time to share on this week’s walk. 🙂 I especially love the view from the terrace onto the water. Thanks, hon! Have a happy week 🙂

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