Ca d'Zan, Ringling Museum of Art, John and Mable Ringling, Architectural Terra Cotta, Restoration, Venetian Revival, Sarasota, Florida

The Restoration of the Ca D’Zan Mansion Wins Two Awards From the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation

TITLE: Restoration Projects at The Ringling Win Florida Perservation Awards
SOURCE: Florida State University News
AUTHOR: Virginia Harshman
DATE: 6.07.19
Read the full article on Florida State University News

The John and Mable Ringling Ca D’Zan mansion has been awarded two preservation awards by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. The awards granted to The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art recognize Outstanding Achievement in the category of Restoration/Rehabilitation on the historic mansion’s terra cotta façade, in addition to Outstanding Achievement in the Historic Landscape Restoration category.

Boston Valley Terra Cotta worked with Conservation Solutions, now EverGreen Architectural Arts, and Standard Restoration & Waterproofing Inc to restore damaged architectural features of the Ca D’Zan Mansion. The scope of this project sought to rehabilitate the Belvedere Tower and the Balcony outside of John Ringling’s office. Boston Valley created new masonry to replace broken or missing terra cotta blocks in order to breathe new life back into the once weathered façade.

Read our previous blog post about the process of manufacturing new terra cotta masonry.

Ca d'Zan, Ringling Museum of Art, John and Mable Ringling, Architectural Terra Cotta, Restoration, Venetian Revival, Sarasota, Florida

Multiple pieces of terra cotta await glaze application.

Ca d'Zan, Ringling Museum of Art, John and Mable Ringling, Architectural Terra Cotta, Restoration, Venetian Revival, Sarasota, Florida

Terra cotta masonry for the Ca D’Zan Mansion after glaze application, before firing.

Ca d'Zan, Ringling Museum of Art, John and Mable Ringling, Architectural Terra Cotta, Restoration, Venetian Revival, Sarasota, Florida

A larger piece of terra cotta masonry features the same intricate stylization that the Ca D’Zan Mansion is known for.