Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ca D' Zan 5

**All Information today gathered from Ringling Resources.

Below is first floor plans, click to enlarge.

Click to enlarge. Below Photos were taken in the Great Hall, it was very dark and no flash allowed, but you can see some of what we saw.

17th Century Tapestry's hang on the wall, and 17th century Screens stand in the rooms, also paintings by famous painters are on every wall.

the hall is very large and had 5 different groups of chairs and sofas for comfort in socializing, a bit cluttered for my taste.


The ceiling is 2 stories high and The magnificent chandelier they bought from the Waldorf and placed in their home. It looks small but is immense. the balcony runs around three sides of the hall and the bedrooms open on to the balcony. The ceiling is painted, I was unable to get a good photo of it.


The Aeolian organ cost the Ringling's 550,000. It is said the whole residence resounds with its rich tones. There are hundreds of pipes concealed behind tapestries, in balcony walls. it can be played manually or electrically.

This portrait of Mable Ringling hangs in the Great Hall. I liked picturing the women dressed as flappers in this wonderful place.

Sandra's Silly Stuff.

If a long dress is evening wear, what is a suit of armor? Silverware.

How can you get four suits for a dollar? Buy a deck of cards.

12 comments:

Elen Susan said...

That's a wonderful house. Love it

Ann said...

I agree, it's also a bit cluttered looking for my taste also but how grand. It's gorgeous. I can't imagine what it must be like to live like that.

Carole said...

Your pictures are great. I noticed on the floor plan that the men have to enter their "room" from the outside.. hmmmmmm
The masks are so detailed and look very heavy. What are they made of?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow--how gorgeous. Love that mantel --and the Poinsettias... AND --I'd love to hear that ORGAN. Do they ever have concerts there??? That would be where I'd go for sure!!!!!

We have LOTS of snow up here this morning. Glad we don't have to get out!!!! It's pretty and the birds are feasting at the feeders and bath.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Scott said...

I think that in real life very little of that would really get used very much, but it is beautiful.

DawnTreader said...

Very impressive. It's not easy taking good shots of a big room like that, I think you did well. Your choice of jokes is very good for this post too :) (Where do you get all this stuff from?!)

George said...

Your interior photos turned out quite well. I think the Great Hall is absolutely amazing. I, too, would like to hear that organ.

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the ceiling, that is gorgeous. The antique chairs are quite intriguing, I'm love antiques. I would imagine the chairs were arranged like that for gatherings and maybe put away or lined up against the wall at other times.

Chatty Crone said...

Gorgeous. sandie

Stacey Dawn said...

They've got plenty of seating for parties!!! ;o)

MedaM said...

There are so many beautiful and interesting details, pieces of furniture and other decorations in one place.

DENNIS GERGEL said...

“Asbestos issues at the Ca d'Zan”

Since at least 1987, there has been documented Asbestos problems in the air and basement of the Ca d'Zan. On the first floor, between the stairs and the door into the great hall there is a bathroom not for public use. Next to that bathroom is a door with steps that go down to the basement level which only employees see. There is a large warning sign in the basement that instructs to enter only when wearing full protective gear. On the second floor office area, off limits to the public, are panels that monitor the Asbestos level in the air and warn if it rises. Second and third shift security attendants are required to do daily patrols down in the basement (without wearing protection) and to go check the alarm panel to make sure it is not sounding or otherwise in an alarm state.
About 5 or 6 years ago some ancient fuel storage tanks were removed from below the ground in front of the Ca d'Zan. They were contaminated with Asbestos, the excuse for their removal was that they were fixing and making more flat the sidewalks and pavement that lead up to the Ca d'Zan.
During the last restoration of the mansion, the restoration team was unaware and was not told of the Asbestos issue and worked without protection. When the air level of Asbestos raised, work had to be delayed and as a result of a legal settlement, that team can now receive free chest x-rays for as long as each member is alive because they were not warned of the Asbestos issues before they started the project.