Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Historic 1926 White Way Lights
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 Gables.
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.
Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables
Karelia Martinez Carbonell, President
Jane Maranos, Vice President
Ann Goodman, Treasurer
Dolly MacIntyre, Secretary
Ellen Uguccioni, Honorary Member
City of Coral Gables Commission
James Cason, Mayor
Frank C. Quesada, Vice Mayor
Cathy Swanson-Riverbark, City Manager
Erected 2016 by Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables. In memoriam Sarah Likes Anderson.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
Location. 25° 44.398′ N, 80° 15.914′ 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); Coral Gables Rapid Transit (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 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); Police and Fire Station (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 30, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 92 times this year. Last updated on March 30, 2022, by Karelia Martinez Carbonell of Coral Gables, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.