Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Ca D' Zan Part 2

Answers to Ginnys comment on yesterdays House of John

Did you go up in the tower and walk around the walkway? (NO, see below)
What's up there, anyway, Rapunzel? I saw yellow hair hanging down but was afraid to pull on it)
 Do I get a cheaper ticket because I'm a senior? (yes, Ginny, over 65 is 20, younger is 25) it does pay to be old sometimes


The pinnacle of the structure is the 81-foot Belvedere tower with an open-air overlook and a high domed ceiling.

 
This tower walk is open to the public, but for a Steep Price! get it? ha ha ho ho

 Venetian Gothic architect Dwight James Baum worked from photos and postcards Mable Ringling had collected.


Windows and doors are  imported glazed glass and inside are glazed tiles, the roof is 16th century Spanish tiles
In April 2002,  Cà d'Zan was restored at a cost of 15 million to the era of 1925 (15 times what it cost then)
Ca d' Zan is Italian for House of John
  



Cà d’Zan is constructed from Terra cotta “T” blocks, concrete, and brick, covered with stucco and Terra cotta, and embellished with glazed tile. The bay front terrace is made of domestic and imported marble.

 

Sandra's Corn for the day.

I was born to be a pessimist. My blood type is B Negative. (thanks to Jeff Dudley)

19 comments:

DawnTreader said...

I love that last close-up of the "tower". Really interesting architecture.

Lucy (aka RHarper) said...

Goodness that's a beautiful building. There must be just one room I can come live in. I just love all the architecture and colors.

Madeline said...

Beautiful building, beautiful pictures. They are so clear and the sky is so blue!

Snapper II said...

Boy OH Boy I love all the towers. If I lived there I could throw rocks at all the Peasants, Yeah "let them eat cake". I wonder if they would let me stay in the guest house for a month or so?

George said...

These are beautiful photos of the house (I should say mansion). The color and composition is wonderful. You are really making me want to visit.

Ginny said...

It does look Spanish to me more than anything else. Will you do posts on the gardens and the inside both? Are there any elevators in there? I imagine there would have to be something to accomodate people who are challenged. I'm still loving the palm trees!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Well you couldn't of picked a better day to photograph these.. and I can see why you chose that one for your header pic..but it still must of been hard as they are so beautiful! I wish they'd fix up some of the buildings along Bay front- down town Hilo (where the tsunami hit)! Palace Theater would look pretty smart with a new paint job! Don't you love the colors? It's very similar (though super faded)..actually built in 1925 too! I did a post..should go back and look..
Imagine that, the designer looking at those post cards! Hey..but that's a gift right! I love the arches- Rupunzel, Rupunzel..let down your hair (lol)

Kilauea Poetry said...

Sandra..I just checked- and here is the link so take a look when you have time. Not a lot of the outside, (wasn't entirely my focus) but you can clearly see the similarity as far as color.
http://inthepacific.blogspot.com/2009/10/historic-palace-theater-down-town-hilo.html

Remington said...

There is my smile for the day! Thanks! Thanks also for the daydream....I can just imagine living in that beautiful house! It is truly amazing!

Mama-Bug said...

What a gorgeous building, bet you had a good time visiting there.

Ann said...

That is one grand looking place there. Do we get to see any of the inside or was this another one of those "NO pictures allowed" kind of places?

srp said...

It is a beautiful building to be sure! I could live there... yes, well, with a lot more money than I have, but yes.... living there wouldn't be a hardship at all. ;)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love it, Sandra... I was wondering when it had been renovated. Is it still owned by the Ringling group---or does the state own it now????

I would have wanted to do the Tower Walk. How much would it cost?

Thanks for the beautiful picture. That is definitely typical Florida Spanish architecture...
Hugs,
Betsy

A Brit in Tennessee said...

It's a grand building, I had the pleasure of visiting it when I was in Sarasota some eighteen years ago.
The decor is quite impressive !
Thank you for sharing this lovely old piece of history with us.
Hugs,
Jo
x

S. Etole said...

This has been a most amazing sight ...

SquirrelQueen said...

This is a magnificent structure, I love Italian design. I am so intrigued by the tower, can you imagine the photos you could get from up there. I would be very willing to climb any amount of stairs for that view.

Stacey Dawn said...

Amazing place - and I love "Sandra's Corn" tee hee.

Scott said...

Did you say this is your rest of the year home? Nice place you've got there.

MedaM said...

This series of photos is absolutely wonderful. The photos from the previous post are also wonderful but these photos reveal more beauty of this really beautiful and interesting building.