John and Mabel Ringling Mansion titled Ca' d'Zan on Sarasota Bay.
Ringlings guests entered thru huge wooden doors.
But we entered thru these 24 caret side gold doors.
View entering thru the gold plated doors.
Looking into the court (we'd say parlor) upon entering thru the main doors.
Chandler had been in Rockefeller Hotel
Ballroom ceiling had paintings of 22 international dancers.
Wrought iron gates used to keep the family pets out of the eating area.
Formal dining room.
The house facing Sarasota Bay.
Elaborate exterior trim.
Yachts would dock here.
Hundreds of statues on the 66 acre property.
A hundred dwarf statues around the rose garden.
Blooms of a red cotton tree.
Many bees buzzing around the agave blooms.
Many, many Banyan trees.
Here are the sausages.
We learned about the beginning of the Ringling Circus. What an interesting start in Baraboo, WI.
In the Museum there were many circus wagons.
The wheels had many spokes because of the heavy weight they carried.
Each wagon was numbered.
The "Hotel" was the first wagon to depart. It left the circus grounds at 9:30 pm and arrived at the new location at 3:30 am to set up so breakfast was ready for the workers. The Hotel was the food preparation and serving wagon. They bought the food locally: 220 dozen eggs, 220 loaves of bread, 285 pounds of butter, 200 gallons of milk. The list went on and on.
Wagon had a sunken pool on its bottom for seals and Pygmy
The lions wagon.
In the early 1900's the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circuses were combined.
We didn't stop at the Museum of a Miniature Circus.
These workshops were in the Circus Museum.
We toured the Ringling Museum of Art.
Mabel and John Ringling gathered over 600 masterpieces.
Many from churches.
One of the few places in the U. S. one can see 1500th century art.
Italian Colored Marble
The courtyard was a bustling place
It seemed they were setting up for a wedding.
We were delighted to return to Clarence and Mary Ann's home again.
Phil and I taught Clarence and Mary Ann to play 3 - 13, or another name for the card game is Progression. We had a great time.