Tuesday, January 27, 2009

If you Visit Sarasota...

Don't miss the Ringling Museum and the Ca D'Zan , the 36,000 square foot home of John and Mable Ringling. The mansion of John Ringling, the circus Baron, was built in 1924 for 1.5 million dollars and boasts 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms. It was built for John Ringling and his wife by architect Dwight Baum and builder Owen Burns in Venetian Gothic style. In their travels around the world, the Ringlings greatly admired the palaces and hotels of Venice and used photos and postcards to help the architect design this amazing home. The art museum carries john Ringling's amazing art collection including paintings by Rubens, van Dyke, Titian and El Greco.
The grounds of the museum and home are spectacular and feature Mable's rose garden, the secret garden and the circus museums.
The photos I took, can't possibly do justice to this amazing place but will perhaps tempt you to make a trip to visit this wonderful 20 acre waterfront property. Her are some photos of the grounds and exterior. Stay tuned for part 2 to see some of the spectacular rooms in the Ringling mansion.