The Mediterranean Revival residence Ca’d’Zan was the winter home of the American circus owner and his wife, John and Mable Ringling. The mansion, completed in 1925, was constructed from terra cotta blocks, concrete, and brick, covered with stucco and terra cotta, and embellished with glazed tile. The original roof was made from 16th-century imported Spanish tiles and the bay-front terrace was made of domestic and imported marble.
Silman assisted in the review of the extensive failure of terra cotta facade elements including the cornice, brackets, balconies and railings, and also completed the waterproofing of marble terrace overlooking Gulf of Mexico. Structural repair solutions included the repair and replacement of terra cotta supports, retrofitting the roof framing due to previous alterations, and repair of eroding concrete foundation walls. New structural work included the design of new south entrance, hurricane shutter anchorages and new terra cotta replacement elements.
Categories: Museums, Renovation, Historic Preservation