Glass Door, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion

Colored Glass Door, Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida

Colored Glass Door, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida

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Glass Door, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion

Recently I was in Sarasota, Florida and had the opportunity to visit the Ringling Museum.  One of the highlights is the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, John and Mable Ringling’s Venetian Gothic style mansion built in 1924/25 overlooking Sarasota Bay. The architectural style is based on the hotels and palaces which face onto the canals in Venice. With all of its finely carved details and unique architectural features, this amazing building, along with the other parts of the complex is a photographer’s dream.

Most of the windows in the mansion are made up of individual rectangles of different colored glass.  This photograph, looking out through a door to the kitchen area, shows not only the many different colors but also the unevenness of the finish of each panel as shown by the way none of the lines outside the door line up from one panel to the next.

This shot is almost as it came from the camera with only some minor adjustments to the clarity and vibrance in Lightroom.

Click here to learn more about John Ringling’s years in Sarasota where he wintered the famous circus and the Ca’ d’Zan Mansion


  1. Really like the colors Mark. They give the image an interesting look.

  2. wow Mark great find and treatment! looks like a beautiful place!

  3. Hey Mark, this is a nice find. I like the various colors of the glass, makes for a nice touch. This works very well photographically, not sure how this plays with a house full of these. Nice processing, man.

  4. That’s a very cool shot Mark. I really like the different color glass panes and the effect it has on the scene.

  5. Now that is really an interesting find!

  6. That is an awesome, trippy shot. I can’t imagine living somewhere where I had to look out these windows all day. Great find though!

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