On Thursday, December 14th, the Lowell International Realty team visited the Coral Gables Museum to brush up on their Coral Gables history. So many members of our team are long-time South Florida natives so much of the storied history of Coral Gables has been passed down from generation to generation for folks in the LIR family. But it was nice to see the tapestry of our City Beautiful’s origins all woven together in one place.
The museum is housed in the old police and fire station located at 285 Aragon. It will only take you an hour to visit (or longer if you linger), and can be combined with a lunch and bookstore visit at the famed Books and Books right next door! It’s closed on Mondays, but open the rest of the week. Click here for specific hours of operation and information about the Museum.
Some fast facts you might not know about our beautiful city:
- Between 1921-1926 over 4000 structures were built in what is known as Coral Gables and Coconut Grove today. These structures included homes, a hotel, and the University of Miami
- George Merrick, the founder of our city moved here at the age of 13 in 1898. His family was from Boston.
- The historic Merrick house on Coral Way was completed in 1910 and was first called “Among the Pines” but later changed to Coral Gables because there was coral on the gable ends of the roof
- A large population of Bahamians were here and Merrick and early settlers referred to them as the “way-showers”. They know the tropical area and were valued advisors who taught the settlers how to contend with the conditions of the environment
- There were two movements in the early 1900s that inspired George Merrick – the “Garden City” and a “City Beautiful”. Parks and monuments were very important to the team he assembled.
- Some monuments around town that are part of our history: