Visit the Beautiful Historic Merrick House
Step back in time to the Roaring Twenties and visit the Coral Gables Merrick House, a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. View 14 rooms on your docent-guided tour. Stroll the 1.3-acre grounds to see the historic grotto filled with 10 species of fish, the Heritage Garden, and the lily pond. The expansive wraparound porch is set amongst the flora creating a beautiful backdrop for photographs. Scroll down for more information on fees, rentals, and upcoming events.
The Merrick House is currently recruiting people who would like to train as docents. For information on volunteering as a tour guide at the Merrick House, please contact the Docent Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guided Tours Most Weekends
- Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
- No reservation necessary. Cash only. See below for tour ticket prices.
- For group tours, please give a two weeks' notice and email email@example.com
Please do not bring pets, food, open drinks or strollers into the house. Free parking is located behind the house, and public restrooms are available on-site.
Villagers’ Holiday House Tour
- Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“100 Years of History” will showcase a selection of curated Coral Gables homes built in 1923. This year marks the 38th year The Villagers have offered the popular event. Of special interest is the inclusion of the Merrick House, beautifully decorated for Christmas and hosted by their volunteer docents. Members of The Villagers will be on hand to explain each private home’s distinctive history and features. Tickets and more information.
Merrick House Holiday Celebration
- Sunday, Dec. 17, 2 to 5 p.m.
Embrace the nostalgia of traditional caroling, handcrafted gifts, vintage wares and holiday confections! Games crafts and a visit from Santa for the wee folk will make it a day to remember.
Event Photos and Videos
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A Proper Garden Tea and Textile Extravaganza
Friends & Family: Merrick Connection in Our Midst (Oct. 22, 2023)
Journalist Helen Muir wrote "The Biltmore: Beacon for Miami" based on her coverage of the hotel, which began with a story in 1935. Her son, Toby Muir, will reflect on his mother’s life in Miami and friendships with Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Eunice Peacock Merrick and Richard Merrick, George’s brother. Introduction by Gay Bondurant, Merrick House Docent Coordinator, who told a "Gables Fable" about the Muirs.
Preserve & Protect: The Early Days of Saving Places (Sept. 17, 2023)
As the City’s first director of historic preservation, Ellen Uguccioni crafted the cottage ordinance, brought back the Biltmore, and further defined the unique look of Coral Gables. This prolific speaker and author will share anecdotes of her adventures in city stewardship.
A Woman of Substance: Julia Ward Howe (May 7, 2023)
Known for writing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” author and poet Julia Ward Howe penned the original 1870 pacifist Mother's Day Proclamation in which she called on mothers to demand world peace and envisioned a Mother’s Day for that purpose. Ward Howe descendant Lawrence “Monk” Terry describes the writings, social activism and legacy of this dynamo, who co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Women.
Some Moor History (Feb. 12, 2023)
Completely enamored by the romanticism of Spanish culture, George Merrick wrapped his dreams of building a city with images of seductive Moorish architecture, spiced with the patina of a history lasting nearly 800 years on the Iberian Peninsula. His magical visions of the Alhambra palace culminated in selecting "Castles in Spain" as the design inspiration for Coral Gables. Brett Gillis, Ziyad Mneimneh and Sadia Raja travel through time highlighting the history of the Moors and their vast influence on Spanish culture and Coral Gables. Presented in collaboration with The Coral Gables Tertulia of the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG.)
School Days: Tales from In and Out the Classroom (Nov. 6, 2022)
Gablelites Gay Bondurant, Lon Dowlen, Petsy Mezey and June Morris recall the halls of their grade, middle and high schools, as well ass what was done for fun before playdates were a thing.
Long-serving Merrick House docent Juan Riera, an avid postcard and stamp collector, shares engaging anecdote about the early days of the post office for which both George and Charles Merrick worked.