Completion Date: 2003/2004
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Construction Cost: $301,700.00
The Ca d’Zan Gatehouse at the Ringling Museum of Art serves as the focal point for the main entry to the museum grounds. The Gatehouse was constructed in the early 1900’s, in conjunction with John and Mable Ringling’s estate house, Ca’ d’Zan. In the past several decades, the Gatehouse was abandoned and suffered from neglect, termites, and deterioration. The scope of this restoration project was to restore the building in its entirety, add HVAC, electrical, security, data, video monitoring and prepare the structure to serve as the entry to the future Visitors Center and expanded Ringling Museum. The project consisted of replacing deteriorated floors and wall framing, furring, as well as replacing the entire roof structure. The exterior masonry wall veneers’ cast iron grates and grills, and windows were completely restored, and all interior finishes were replaced, including plaster walls, floor tile, and ceilings. The remaining existing vaulted plaster ceiling in the entry/porch was removed during the roof demolition, and a new framing, grounds and plaster system was installed.
In addition to full service building and renovation design, MLD Architects has extensive experience in roof design and consultation. Randy Lewis is a recognized roofing systems expert, and has written articles for Florida AIA magazine and Florida Roofers magazine. MLD Architects has earned an excellent reputation for diagnosing roof problems, and offering corrective solutions. Due to his expertise, Mr. Lewis has provided expert testimony on numerous cases.