and also the hidden garden where the graves of John, Mabel and his sister are.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
The House the Circus Built
One of the things we did on our recent trip to Florida was to visit this mansion in Sarasota that was finished in 1926.
It is the Gothic Venetian style estate built by John and Mabel Ringling, owners of Ringland Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus...and was christened Ca'd' Zan, which in the Venetian dialect stands for house of John.
Mabel unfortunately stayed here, their summer home, only three times before her death. John suffered great losses in his investments and in the stock market crash of 1929. In order to save his estate, John deeded it to the state of Florida.