Endangered Historic Sites

Caples Estate


Caples Estate
Sarasota (Sarasota County)
c. 1920

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Mediterranean Revival style Ralph Caples house was constructed in the 1920s and is contiguous to the estates of the circus impresarios and brothers John and Charles Ringling. A prominent businessman and developer, Caples was instrumental in bringing the railroad to the area and encouraging the Ringlings to make Sarasota the winter home of their famed circus. The Caples home is part of the Caples’ – Ringlings’ Estates National Register Historic District. In recent years, the estate has been used as a science classroom building by New College.

Threat: The Caples Estate is threatened by deferred maintenance due to lack of funding.