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Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Historic 1926 White Way Lights

 
 
The Historic 1926 White Way Lights Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
1. The Historic 1926 White Way Lights Marker Side 1
Inscription.  (Side 1)
In 1926, 500 ornamental bases were commissioned for the "White Way" streetlights in Coral Gables. They were designed by Denman Fink and Phineas Paist. At each of the four sides of the base, there is a head in relief symbolic of the life of Coral Gables. Each of these faces represents a different character. "Art and Architecture" and "Horticultural Planting" reliefs are of beautiful women with their appropriate symbolic implements. "Labor" and "Industry" reliefs are represented by men with strong features, also with symbolic implements and tools.

Alternating between the heads are the Spanish castle and rampant lion, both important symbols used often in Coral Gables designs. Encircling the top of the base, in raised letters are the words, "Coral Gables-The Miami Riviera, Fla.". The posts are of cast iron construction and were originally painted verdigris green. Later, the posts and bases were painted silver. These decorative bases are located in the Riviera Section along University Drive and Riviera Drive from Granada Boulevard past Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Presently only 78 of the ornamental bases remain in Coral
The Historic 1926 White Way Lights Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
2. The Historic 1926 White Way Lights Marker Side 2
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Gables.

In 1981, the ornamental "White Way" streetlights were designated City Historic Landmark Site.
(Continued on other side)
(Side 2)
90 years ago, Coral Gables city planners were influenced by the aesthetics of the City Beautiful Movement popular in the 1900s. The effect of the "White Way" streetlights are the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables-a nonprofit whose mission is to promote the understanding and importance of historic resources-and the City of Coral Gables.

2015
Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables
Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President
Jane Maranos, Vice President
Ann Goodman, Treasurer
Dolly MacIntyre, Secretary
Members-at-Large:
Lisa Bennett
Sallye Jude
Ellen Uguccioni, Honorary Member

City of Coral Gables Commission
James Cason, Mayor
Frank C. Quesada, Vice Mayor
Commissioners:
Patricia Keon
Vincent Lago
Jeannett Slesnick
Cathy Swanson-Riverbark, City Manager
 
Erected 2015 by Connie and Tim Crowther, The Coral Gables Historic Preservation Board and Historic Resources Department , In memoriam Sarah Likes Anderson.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
 
Location.
The Historic 1926 White Way Lights Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
3. The Historic 1926 White Way Lights Marker
25° 44.398′ N, 80° 15.914′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Riviera Drive and University Drive, on the right when traveling south on Riviera Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Miami FL 33134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U of M Opened Here (within shouting distance of this marker); George Edgar Merrick (approx. 0.6 miles away); Venetian Pool (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ruth Bryan Owen Waterway Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); George E. Merrick (approx. 0.7 miles away); Coral Gables Miracle Mile (approx. 0.7 miles away); Coral Gables Merrick House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Site of Packing House of Coral Gables Plantation (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
 
An example of one of the White Way streetlight bases image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon
4. An example of one of the White Way streetlight bases
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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