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Ca d'Zan, Sarasota

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In 1924, the circus king John Ringling set out to build Ca d'Zan as a palace fit for a man of his status. Completed in 1926 and situated at the Sarasota waterfront, the mansion stands as the symbol of the Roaring Twenties, and John Ringling’s rise from a humble background to the very top of the social ladder. The design is inspired by Doge’s Palace in Venice, and captures John’s and his wife Mable’s love for the city. The couple spared no expenses to fit their house with fine furniture and artwork, as well as materials such as mahogany, rosewood, and kingwood. Handpicked American and European artists created murals, plaster and marble decorations. After decades of neglect, in 2002 the mansion was restored back to its full splendor. An admission to the Ringling Museum of Art also includes a quick tour of the mansion’s first floor, while additional fee is required for a detailed tour of the house. To visit Ca d'Zan and other attractions in Sarasota, use our Sarasota trip planning app.
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  • The knowledge and friendliness of The curators here’s make a visit a great experience. The house is impressive and large I now every respect such detail and opulence Andy wealth leave you with a... 
    The knowledge and friendliness of The curators here’s make a visit a great experience. The house is impressive and large I now every respect such detail and opulence Andy wealth leave you with a...  more »
  • A fascinating look into the tastes of the wealthy from another era. The upstairs was closed off but it's worth checking out the design of the building as well as all of the gardens on the estate. 
    A fascinating look into the tastes of the wealthy from another era. The upstairs was closed off but it's worth checking out the design of the building as well as all of the gardens on the estate.  more »
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  • If I could give more stars, I would have. This place was worth every penny! I don't have the words to describe the beauty and detail in this house. Absolutely stunning!! I highly recommend.
  • I am originally from WI and grew up in the 60's with Ringling Circus in the area. Fascinating to learn how this family became such great entrepreneurs and on to aristocrats. The house was beautiful but elegant.

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