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News Release (March 4, 1968)


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News Release (March 4, 1968)
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Material Sent to Mr. Philip A. Koury, Executive Consultant, The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, Missouri, March 4, 1968
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Marcb 4, 1968 Material sen to Mr. Philip A. Koury, Executive Consultant, The Ransas City Star, Kaaaas City, MtRsouri NOTES ON MEMORIF.S: Most of the signs ot the Ringlinv. Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus era and even the Ringling name itself, have d1aappeared from Sarasota. have not. Biggest holdout is the Museum complex consistof the Museum of Art, the Circus and the John Residence or Ca dzan. The Ringling Museum, which John built to house the many works of art that he collected in his trips to Europe, is still an impo&ing structure, one of the collections of Baroque art in the country. The Circus Museum is a genuine collection of circus memorabilia, inthe of a circus back lot. Ca d'Zan is nuch the same as it was in John's time except that ft is completely quiet except for tourists. When Ringling was alive, the place was a legend for its parties and for the gondolas and steam yachts that once tied up at itg dock. Nov the wbole iA owned. by the State of Florida and open to the curious every day. too, are the circus winter quartews on the edr,e of the city, althouP,h the RinglinR Circue now trains in Venice, some 10 or 12 south of Sarasota. But at one time hur.e winter ouartera complex had its own Nenagerte, an outdoor arena where circus performances used to be p,iven for the tourists every Sunday, indoor animal training


2 Circus Memories buildings, a huge mess hall where the amy of roustabouts were fed, and the small railro d yard where not only were the many railroad cars refurbished each year but where the famous private railroad car, the Jo ar, vas kept. Tn the place of the circus winter quarters, there ia now a flour1shinp, development of homes. Another of the family waa located on an island midway between the inland and the outer islands or keys. Known s Bird Kev and an isolated Apot for a ho e, it has been filled in and expanded times by up bay bottom and made an exclusive development of the Arvida Corporation, nov owned by the PennRylvania Railroad. Arvida, for $13,000,000, purchased much of the Rin in tbe area. Gone are the two wooden bridges that used to link the inland to the outer keys, Bird Key as a idpoint. Those wooden bridres, built by RinRling so that buyers could reach his properties, are the slick concrete renlacements are still known aa the Causeway. Just de ol1ahed in the laRt several year are the faoua old rlton hotel remains. About completed on the southern end of the huRe hotel rroject was abandoned when finanetal situation worsened. Then the type of hotel structure with itft huge rooms vent out of style. When Arv1da came along, they built luxurioua apart enta nearby and a championship course in the front yard of the hotel, then demolished


Page 3 Circus M riea t he hotel and the one-third of a brid e which departed nearby and was intended to reach Lido Key to the south and to provide a passa.,e into the town. The John Hotel in town which bore the N of the famotaa showman although he did not build it, is still around althou h it has been closed for several long periods of ti e and now is converted into apartments and is for older The famous M'Tnto Room, named for the famous circus Rnd where circus people would for free durinn the winter evenings, is now styled nn pub lines. Next to the Ca azan, brother Charles built a neat pink marble ansion oppostn in its classic lines the rococo nature of brother John1 R Venetian palace. Charles died about the same that his house w s completed. On the south side was built a Spanishtype mansion for his daughter. On the north side lived his son, but in a much more modest cottage. Wfdow Edith died in the early SO's and a few years later thP ain portion of the property belonr.in8 to the estate wns sold ftt auction to the owner of a local do track who eubsnquently sold it to the owner of a Pennsylvania specialty steel company who lived in it with his family. The daughter's hous was by Hester Sanford and her family until about 1965. Colleg41! bouRht thE' major portion of the ChaTle11 Rinv,lif'lg estate in .1962 od used the form r mansion and ita out:buildinps as central portion of the institution durtnr, the OJ),ening years. Later, they purchased the dau hter's house and renovat d it


Pa e 4 -Circus M ories and added it tc the other buildin e. The land on the north side, which had belon ed to Robert son of Charles, to his widow, Irene, who later married Robert c. Seigneur. Irene nold the property to New College arA gave the house and surrounding land to the coll ge, reservin a life ten ncy for herself and her husb nd. She and her hu band continue to be with the college in manv ways as well as cloAe nd ood The Charles M nsion 1B now kno a Rail and the daunhter'a h0111e, long known as the House, is now called South Rall. of the furniture and furniahtn9S of the old Charles innl1 t Mansion have been passed along and renain int ct and in uRe. There are At ill remaininR sever 1 oth r siv.ns of the circus in S r 1'9nt.!\. Aubrey Rlact., forMer wHe of Riehard son of Alf T. (Aee. p,enealoror) later married Ja es A. Haley. Haley served with the eireua as an executive nnd it was he who took on his 8houlders the brunt of the blame and also a sentence following disastrous Hartford circus fire. Hal y later entered politics and became a u. s. and for a nuMber of years served this area of Florida aB a

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