It's beautiful! Ca'd'Zan, or House of John, is a palatial tribute to the palazzos of Venice. It's 36,000 sq ft and five stories. For our tour, we only paid to see the first two floors. The main floor includes living, entertaining and dining areas and the Ringlings private bedrooms as well as five guest bedrooms are on the second floor along with the servants’ quarters. My favorite room was the ballroom, it has a very ornate ceiling, showing images of dancing couples from around the world in their native attire. A crystal chandelier from the original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel hangs in the living room above a black and white marble tiled floor, breathtaking. At the time, the Ringlings were one of America’s wealthiest couples and they built this as their winter home. Mable apparently oversaw every aspect of it. They started building it 1924 and completed it shortly before Christmas in 1926. At the time it cost $1.5 million to build. Sadly, they only enjoyed a short time here, as after only three years after its completion, Mable died from Addison’s disease and the complications of diabetes. It's said that she kept the seriousness of her disease from John so that he would not worry. This place is phenomenal and a perfect glimpse into the way the richest lived in the 20’s!
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