Venetian Pool

Venetian Pool (HM1F3P)

Location: Coral Gables, FL 33134 Miami-Dade County
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Country: United States of America
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N 25° 44.733', W 80° 16.399'

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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 aqua tot," 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.
HM NumberHM1F3P
Placed BySponsored by the Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club in cooperation with The Historical Association of Southern Florida
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 9:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 572881 N 2847706
Decimal Degrees25.74555000, -80.27331667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 25° 44.733', W 80° 16.399'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds25° 44' 43.98" N, 80° 16' 23.94" W
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Area Code(s)305, 786
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2701 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables FL 33134, US
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