Some time ago I made a post titled "Venice, Not Venice" in which I made a call for readers to send me pictures of Venetian themed architecture outside of Venice (no pictures of The Venetian Casino allowed!).
Helen in Florida sent me these wonderful pix of the winter residence of circus magnate John Ringling and his wife Mable in Sarasota, Florida. Completed in time for Christmas, 1926, "Cà d'Zan" (House of John) was inspired by two of Mable's favorite hotels: the Bauer-Grünwald and the Danieli.
I hadn't heard of this home, but my wife -- an architectural conservation specialist -- had. It's known for, among many other things, its stunning use of terra cotta, particularly on the exterior.
Dwight James Baum of New York supervised final plans and the actual construction.
The home is now part of the Florida State Museum of Art at Florida State University. To take a virtual tour, follow this link to the official site.