Historic Markers Across Florida



Venetian Pool



Marker ID: HASF 
Location: 2701 DeSoto Blvd., Coral Gables
County: Miami-Dade
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Waymark: None
 



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This pool was originally a quarry from which limestone was taken for the construction of early Coral Gables homes. In 1924, Denman Fink, artist-architect and uncle of Coral Gables founder George Merrick, transformed it into a unique pool resembling a natural lagoon in a Venetian setting. His design included bridges, towers, a casino and lush landscaping

In the 1920s, the pool was used to promote Coral Gables and to highlight the city´s distinctive architecture. William Jennings Bryan lectured here on the merits of living in Coral Gables. Jan Garber, Paul Whiteman, and their orchestras played for social functions. Annette Kellerman and Jackie Ott, "the aquatot," were among the famous visiting swimmers. The pool was drained in 1926 for a performance in the basin by the Miami Grand Opera Company.

George Merrick´s Coral Gables Corporation sold Venetian Pool to the City of Coral Gables in 1927.

Sponsored by the Coral Gables Junior Woman´s Club in cooperation with the Historical Association of Southern Florida


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City: Coral Gables, FL