The City of Coral Gables and Its Venetian Pool

by Pool Builders on 07-11-2010 in Articles

Coral Gables, or simply Gables to the locals, is an enchanting community which combines the classic and the avant-garde. It is a well-designed city in the midst of the Miami sprawl inspired by classical Mediterranean architecture complete with grand entrances, fountains and plazas. It is a city of expensive villas, upscale shopping, and a host of aristocratic attractions.

One of the finest attractions in Coral Gables is, without a doubt, the Venetian Pool. It is likely to be the only swimming pool with a Spanish fountain, colonnades with vine canopies, and waterfalls which tumble into a lagoon adorned with colorful coral rock caves.

Humble beginning

The now majestic pool had a rather humble beginning in 1923 as a coral rock quarry, where limestone quarried from the Venetian Pool pit was used to construct some of the community's original buildings. Fed by an artesian well, much of the existing coral rock was utilized to line and further highlight the pool's natural beauty.

George Merrick, architect Phineas Paist, and artist Denman Fink was able to transform the pool into the spectacular paradise that it is today. Featuring two huge and magnificent lookout towers with a breathtaking view of Coral Gables, the Venetian Pool is the only swimming pool included in the National Register of Historic Places

The Pool opened to the public as the "Venetian Casino" in 1924, a part of the grand vision of true hometown living George Merrick had designed for the City of Coral Gables. He visualized building a city with Mediterranean hallmarks such as imposing entrances, magnificent fountains and Mediterranean style residences.

A modern day paradise for tourists

Since then, the Venetian Pool has delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors from the country and all over the world. It is still one of the major tourist destinations for those who visit Coral Gables.

The pool receives spring water continuously from a subterranean aquifer to fill its 820,000 gallon capacity. The pool is drained and filled daily during peak seasons in spring and summer.

To bring a more unforgettable swimming experience for visitors, cave-like grottos provide a picturesque backdrop as well as two cascading waterfalls which spill into the pool. The pool's marvelous scenery is further highlighted by foliage-draped loggias, columned porticos and signature bridge.

Preserving a timeless legacy

The Venetian Pool's first historical renovation was achieved in 1989. A second renovation was completed between 2009 and 2010. The pool's rich history, however, can still be observed and felt as you pass through its entry fountain and contemplate upon its timeless scenery and historic photographs.

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