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j08 JOHN WANTED "JUST A LITTLE BIT OF A PLACE" By HAMPTON DUNN SARASOTA -There's a huge life size painting of John Ringling in the entrance way of his fabulous Ca'D'Zan. It's a good likeness of the circus king, but his pal Will Rogers wasn't convinced whe n he visited the Sarasota palace. "That's a mighty fine painting, Mr. Ringling, but it's not a bit like you; it's not characteristic," drawled the comedian. Pressed to explain, Will quipped, "Because you've got your hand in your own pocket!" Everything else about the House of John is characteristic: It depicts wealth, good taste, imagination, color and a bit of showmanship. Really, Ringling himself hadn't cared for a mansion. Said he: "I would be satisfied with just a little bit of a place." But his bea utiful wife Mable wanted an outstanding structure, one that would remind her of Venice she adored so much. Guess who won? It cost more than $1,500,000 to build and furnish. The Ringlings moved into their home which dominates a 36 acre estate on Christmas D ay, 1926. But their happiness was short lived. Mrs. Ringling died three years later of Addison's disease. John Ringling remarried. He died in 1936. His estate was willed to the State of Florida. The second Mrs. Ringling contested. She got $1, the State go t the valuable properties.
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John wanted "just a little bit of a place"
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 27, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the John Ringling estate in Sarasota.
x Homes and haunts.
Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.