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GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club

 
 
GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 10, 2018
1. GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club Marker Side 1
Inscription.  (Side 1)
Pioneer women from distant urban areas were lonely and isolated in the pines and palmettos of South Florida. On February 14, 1912, six of them met at Eleanor Jordan’s home and founded the Coco Plum Thimble Club. "Mother" Jordan became the first president. Membership grew so rapidly that within a year a clubhouse was needed. Mary Dorn, the club’s second president, found five acres owned by the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) available for $150. The club had only $100 from events and 50-cent annual dues. Dorn wrote to James Ingraham at FEC, offering $100 and suggesting that a public building on the site would be an asset for Larkins. He replied, “The land will be yours.” With no money left for construction, the club issued scrip in $5 denominations, redeemable when the club had the funds. A simple frame clubhouse with wide porches was built on the Larkins Wagon Trail. In 1916, the club incorporated as the Woman’s Club of Larkins. In 1926, George Merrick’s Coral Gables Corporation was expanding and paid $100,000 for four of the five acres. Under the presidency of Carrie Ravlin, the present Mediterranean Revival
GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 10, 2018
2. GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club Marker Side 2
clubhouse, designed by Howard & Early, was built in 1926 by the Knight Construction Company for $75,000.
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(Side 2)
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For more than 100 years, the club has served as a community center and has been affiliated with larger associations, the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. In 1926, the club’s name changed to Coco Plum Woman’s Club. Originally formed for social purposes, the club quickly adopted literary, scientific, and philanthropic goals. In 1915, Pollyanna was the start of a free library, ending in 1969 with 16,000 volumes that enriched the lives of mostly students, but also many adults. Starting in 1945, the club housed a kindergarten that ran for 26 years. During the summer of 1948, the club’s “Book Wagon” operated as the first traveling library in Florida. In the 1950s, the club was recognized for its community service three years in a row as one of the top 250 Honor Roll Clubs in the United States. The “Round the Clock” Civil Defense Program, held on September 16, 1957, brought county, state, and national recognition. The clubhouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The mayor presented the club with a Key to the City of Coral Gables and a Proclamation in 2012, acknowledging
GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club Marker and building image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, September 10, 2018
3. GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club Marker and building
a century of service and the women who brought the club to life.
 
Erected 2017 by The Board of Directors and Members of GFWC Coco Plum Woman's Club and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-980.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & SettlersWomen.
 
Location. 25° 42.287′ N, 80° 16.848′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Sunset Drive and Nervia Street, on the left when traveling east on Sunset Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1375 Sunset Drive, Miami FL 33143, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pinewood (Cocoplum) Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away); Coral Gables Waterway (approx. 1.3 miles away); State of Florida Historic Roadway (approx. 1.3 miles away); Dr. Eleanor Galt Simmons-Office and Stable (approx. 2 miles away); Ruth Bryan Owen Waterway Park (approx. 2.1 miles away); Churches (approx. 2.2 miles away); George Allen Avenue (approx. 2.3 miles away); El Jardin (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
 
Also see . . .  The Coco Plum. (Submitted on December 20, 2018.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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