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The history, as we know it (so far) ...

Word has it that these very special three Reserve buildings were part of Charles Ringling’s estate before his mansion was erected. Charles was John Ringling’s brother and a partner in Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Once they made their fortunes, Charles built his mansion, and the buildings were then moved to their current location at 1322 N. Tamiami Trail, near Downtown Sarasota and the Van Wezel. Once on the Trail, the buildings were used as a boarding house, a circus performance venue, and even a bordello. We are working to bring them back to their former glory and we love sharing these historically significant buildings and their rich histories with you and the entire Sarasota community.

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