Donor News

July 25, 2017

It is with profound gratitude we give our heartfelt thanks to Alf T. Ringling's Great Granddaughters, for their very generous donation to the Friends of AL. Ringling Mansion for various restoration projects.

It is the hope this will be the catalyst of future donations to make the mansion into what it once was when it was lived in by the Ringling Family. Thank you Sharon & Shelley!

Sharon & Shelley

Ongoing Projects


Masonry Work (Before)

Masonry Work (After)

AL.'s Bathroom Restoration (In Progress)

Dining Room Restoration (In Progress)

The AL. Ringling Mansion


AL. & Lou Ringling

The AL. Ringling Mansion is currently undergoing extensive restoration bringing it back to its original grandeur. We will soon feature five guest rooms. The Mansion is currently open for guided tours. Guests will see original furnishings, amazing hand-carved woodwork, Tiffany glass, ornate murals, and hand-decorated ceilings. The Mansion was designed by famed architects Kees and Colburn.

This spectacular red stone mansion was the home of legendary circus showman AL. Ringling and his wife Lou, and later it became the home of Ida Ringling North, AL.'s only sister. AL. was the eldest of the five famous Ringling brothers. The Ringling Bros. Circus was at its peak when the mansion was built. The Mansion is listed on the national registry of historic places.


The Ringling North Family

How You Can Help

Your generous contributions are essential to the Friends of AL. Ringling Mansion's success and help fund every aspect of the mansion restoration and continued operation. Support what means the most to you at the AL. Ringling Mansion, whether it's restoration of the historic 1905 sandstone structure, preservation of artifacts in the collections, or entrusting the AL. Ringling Mansion to house your important collections. It's a labor of love maintaining this grand home, and there is no shortage of restoration projects to be completed. Sponsorship opportunities are available for these projects to help subsidize some of these expenses.

Sponsorship recognition and benefits may include:

  • A brass plaque recognizing the donor
  • Tickets to our annual Titanic re-enactment dinner and other special events
  • Tickets to our annual New Year's Eve party
  • Tickets to our mansion tours
  • Discount on the use of our Ballroom for events
  • Your name or company logo on our website

Contact Us

We appreciate your gift to the Friends of AL. Ringling Mansion. We are happy to assist you in the giving process.

Give us a call at (608) 448-7455

Or visit us at
623 Broadway Street
Baraboo, WI 53913

alringlingfriends.org