The design of the residence was commissioned from New York architect Dwight James Baum in 1924 and it was built by the Sarasota developer, Owen Burns. The work was completed in 1926, as the Florida boom collapsed and the bank failures that would lead to the crash of 1929 began. The original cost to build the home was $1.6 million. Adjusting for inflation, that converts to approximately $21 million in 2013 dollars.
In 1982, the residence was listed as a contributing property to the Caples'-Ringlings' Estates Historic District, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Other contributing properties in the district include the Ellen and Ralph Caples residence, the John and Mable Ringling Museum, the Hester Ringling Lancaster Sandford residence and the Edith and Charles Ringling residence.
The 1998 film Great Expectations, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, had portions filmed at Cà d'Zan, which served as Ms. Dinsmoor's house, Paradiso Perduto.
The residence was restored in 2002 under the direction of Bill Puig. Most details of the original construction and decoration were restored faithfully except some of the interior color schemes.
Rather than duplicate what has been written I picked the explanation what Ca' D'Zan is all about. We toured the museum and Ca'D'Zan in one afternoon and didn't get to see it all. The home is very impressive and interesting.
|Entrance path to the house|
|Gerry, me & Larry jr|
|Larry jr & Jane|
The photo below is from the front of the Art Museum on the property. It was the meeting place for everyone after checking out the other buildings and gardens. It was getting close to sunset and the clouds and the color of the building made for an interesting shot.
We had a great time and wished we had arrived sooner to more fully explore the different buildings.