The Home of Linda
Alfred Ringling of the
Ringling Brothers Circus initiated construction of his private
estate in 1913 in the rolling hills of Oak Ridge, New Jersey.
It consisted of a manor house and a grouping of specialized structures
on and near Lake Swannanoa. My building was originally constructed
as a carriage house, but after Alfreds unexpected death
1919 it became the home to the great cats of the R.T. Richards
Circus, which was owned and operated by Alfreds son. It
has been rumored that elephants sometimes occupied these same
quarters and I have heard that these buildings remained active
and held surplus animals until the late 1940s.
here to view local newspaper story about Linda's studio.
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for future updates as we progress with the renovations.