Coral Gables Section in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
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.
Erected by Sponsored by the Coral Gables Junior Woman's Club in cooperation with The Historical Association of Southern Florida.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic Architecture • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1924.
Location. 25° 44.733′ N, 80° 16.399′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. It is in the Coral Gables Section. Marker can be reached from the intersection of DeSoto Boulevard and Sevilla Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2701 DeSoto Blvd, 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. Coral Gables Merrick House (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Packing House of Coral Gables Plantation (approx. 0.3 miles away); Coral Gables Congregational Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Biltmore Hotel (approx. half a mile away); Troop 7 Log Cabin (approx. half a mile away); The Coral Gables Golf and Country Club (approx. half a mile away); Coral Gables Rapid Transit (approx. 0.6 miles away); U of M Opened Here (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
Also see . . .
1. Venetian Pool Wikipedia Entry. Excerpt: “The pool occupies a shallow quarry displacing some 820,000 US gallons (3,100 m3) of fresh water daily from artesian wells, making it the largest freshwater pool in the United States. The pool ranges in depth from four feet (Submitted on June 23, 2014.)
2. Wikipedia Entry for Coral Gables. Excerpt: “Coral Gables was one of the first planned communities, and prefigured the development of the gated community and the homeowners association. It is famous for its strict zoning regulations. The city was developed by George Edgar Merrick during the Florida land boom of the 1920s. The city’s architecture is almost entirely Mediterranean Revival Style. By 1926, the city covered 10,000 acres.” (Submitted on August 3, 2014.)
3. Entry in MiamiBeaches.com. Excerpt: “The Venetian Pool is the only swimming pool on the National Register of Historic Places, and it’s no wonder why. This former rock quarry was turned into the Venetian Pool in 1924, then called the “Venetian Casino,” and has remained the most beautiful and unique (Submitted on August 3, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2023. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,317 times since then and 204 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week August 3, 2014. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. 6. submitted on November 9, 2014. 7, 8. submitted on June 22, 2014, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.