Coral Gables in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
George E. Merrick
Location. 25° 44.954′ N, 80° 15.808′ W. Marker is in Coral Gables, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. The marker is at the base of the statute of George Merrick in front of Coral Gables City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way, 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. George Edgar Merrick (within shouting distance of this marker); Coral Gables Miracle Mile (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Packing House of Coral Gables Plantation (approx. half a mile away); City of Coral Gables (approx. half a mile away); Coral Gables Merrick House (approx. 0.6 miles away); U of M Opened Here (approx. 0.6 miles away); Venetian Pool (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Coral Gables Golf and Country Club (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coral Gables.
1. George E. Merrick
Excerpt from Coral Gables - City
George Merrick was a dreamer as well as a man with a deep practical streak. His father had had the idea to sell lots to retired clergy; George Merrick expanded that idea into a dream for the development of a planned community on and beyond the family's property.
Merrick "eased" his way into this project, serving as a member of the Dade County Commission in 1914, and entering, around the same time, the real estate business. Merrick became a highly successful real estate salesman, selling land at the western edge of Miami, such as at Twelfth Street Manors.
He married Eunice Isabella Peacock, the granddaughter of two of Cocoanut Grove's most prominent pioneers, in 1916. Merrick built a home for his bride, called Poinciana Place, just west of the Coral Gables Merrick House, and began to plan his dream city.
Merrick studied the architectural styles of Spain and other Mediterranean countries. He recruited talented architects, such as Phineas Paist and H. George Fink (his cousin); talented artist Denman Fink (his uncle); and landscape architect Frank Button, who had a national reputation for his work. Together, they planned a Mediterranean-inspired city that would be distinctive for its beauty, appealing architecture, and amenities.
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