Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ca D' Zan (House of John)

I spent 5 hours at the Ringling Museum on New Years Eve day, can you guess what you will be seeing in the next few weeks? there are 4 Museums and a library on 66 acres, my favorite is
Ca d' Zan, House of John (1866 -1936) and Mable (1875 - 1929) Ringling            Info from Ringling Museum

Ca da Zan was completed in 1925, Cost 1.5 million, is  200 feet long - 36,000 sq feet.

the house has 2 fronts, this one faces the road, the one in the header is the front that faces Sarasota Bay

 In 1925 visitors came by boat,the only access was a logging trail through swampland
 

41 rooms, 15 bathrooms, five stories high, basement





 the tower is 81 foot high  
Not bad for a winter home.
It’s not the Holiday Inn, it’s the Rest of the Year Inn.


above is the Sun Porch.
this  house is so big, you need a GPS to find your way to the master bedroom each night.
Or you could  have a different bedroom for each day of the week.

20 comments:

Elen Susan said...

That looks like a wonderful museum. Brilliant work.
Have a good day

From the Kitchen said...

I've been there--many, many years ago. I remember not having allowed enough time to see all that I wanted to and promising to return. The photos are great.

Fifteen bathrooms? No waiting I suppose.

Best,
Bonnie

DawnTreader said...

I love museums and castles and big old houses. Looking forward to visiting this one with you!!! Very impressive building.

Mama-Bug said...

What a house! I sure wouldn't want to have to clean it. Very beautiful.

Sunny said...

1.5 million was a lot of money in 1925, imagine what it's worth today!
Can't wait to see more pics :)
☼ Sunny

Ginny said...

Did you go up in the tower and walk around the walkway? What's up there, anyway, Rapunzel? The sun room looks like a regular house! But I like those pretty semi-circular stairs. Now you know we can't wait to get inside! Do I get a cheaper ticket because I'm a senior? I can't wait for the tour to start! I love these kinds of things, because it's almost like being there, and I know I will never get to actually go.

Beverly said...

I love visiting there. Seeing the inside will be a treat.

George said...

This house is as specatuclar (and almost as big) as Biltmore in Asheville. Could you take pictures inside the house?

S. Etole said...

what an elegant building ...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh how neat, Sandra. AND--it brought back memories since I visited there in the early '70's... I lived in Venice at the time, and we had company... We took them to the museum and also to Jungle Gardens. Is that still there????

We used to eat at the Windjammer in Sarasota... And we loved to go to Siesta Key...

LOTS of great memories...
Hugs,
Betsy

Kilauea Poetry said...

Well your header is very pretty! I love the color and the shape these buildings are kept in..love the architecture! Whew..66 acres!! I'd need a go cart!

srp said...

It is lovely... certainly you would have space to put everything and have a special craft room for sewing and scrapbooking and computering and photography and all those wonderful things we like to do.

Remington said...

Ok, I want to live there!

Ann said...

Wow that's some place. I bet that was really fun. I can't imagine living in something that huge I would get lost :)

Nezzy said...

Now that's a nice little bungalow!!! Heeehehhe!

The architecture is just breathtaking. Ya just don't see that in buildings anymore. You captured it all fantastically sweetie!

God bless and have a terrific New Year sweetie!!!

Chatty Crone said...

Look at all that wonderful sunshine there - oh I wish it was here! Nice museum - interesting.

sandie

Ann said...

was Ca d' Zan a rich man?

SquirrelQueen said...

Beautiful, I can't wait to see more! Some friends and I were driving down to Ft. Meyers many years ago and talkied about stopping at the museum but we ran out of time, now I can see it through your photos Sandra. It probably looks a lot better now than it did back then anyway.

Stacey Dawn said...

oh to never have to make a bed...
that first picture is picture post cardesque!

MedaM said...

This building looks really beautiful; it is interesting its architectural style and facade decoration.