The visionary George Merrick seemingly thought of everything, including how to create community in his 1920s city planning endeavors. In 1923, the Venetian Pool came into existence and is among the National Register of Historic Places. Its a must see for anyone who visits or lives in Coral Gables.
Their website explains it best:
The Venetian Pool is an aquatic facility unlike no other in the country. It has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world, and is still one of the main tourist attractions for those visiting the City of Coral Gables. The pool was created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used to border and further accentuate the pool. It also features two large historic lookout towers, with a view to the City Beautiful.
The 820,000 gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. In the spring and summer seasons, the pool is filled and drained daily!
Of course the aquifer is not the only feature that enhances a visitor’s experience. There are two waterfalls that provide a scenic backdrop as well as the cave-like grottos which provide a fun experience for swimmers.
The Venetian Pool’s beauty is further accentuated by its loggias, porticos, palm trees and signature bridge. It truly is an unforgettable experience!
The historic photos document this treasure perfectly:
Photo resource: FloridaMemory.com