Coral Gables Merrick House

Coral Gables Merrick House (HM1EC9)

Location: Coral Gables, FL 33134 Miami-Dade County
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Country: United States of America
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N 25° 44.938', W 80° 16.382'

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In July 1899, Congregational minister Solomon Greasley Merrick (1859-1911) and his wife Althea (1859-1937) purchased sight unseen the surrounding 160 acres for $1,100. Several months later, Merrick and his son George (1886-1942) came from Massachusetts to prepare an existing wooden cottage for the arrival of the family. Locals including Bahamians helped plant vegetables and grapefruit trees. The vegetables and existing guava trees were their only source of income until the grapefruit groves began to bear. In 1906 Althea designed a rock house including the original cottage that is still visible at the rear. Named "Coral Gables," its limestone rock came from what is now the Venetian Pool. When his father died, George took over the groves, added land and dreamed of a planned community. It became a reality in 1921 when he sold the first lots. During the Depression, Ethel Merrick, George's sister, made it a boarding house called Merrick Manor. Members of the Merrick family resided here until 1966, when W.L. Philbrick bought the home and created Merrick Manor Foundation to save it. The City of Coral Gables acquired and restored it in 1976. Coral Gables Merrick House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
HM NumberHM1EC9
Series This marker is part of the Daughters of the American Revolution series, and the Sons of the American Revolution series.
Marker NumberF-455
Year Placed2001
Placed BySons and Daughters of the American Revolution and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 1:31pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 572908 N 2848084
Decimal Degrees25.74896667, -80.27303333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 25° 44.938', W 80° 16.382'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds25° 44' 56.28" N, 80° 16' 22.92" W
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Area Code(s)305, 786
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 907 Coral Way, Coral Gables FL 33134, US
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