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Venetian Pool History

Venetian Pool History

PARENTS PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Children under three years of age will not be admitted into the facility. Parents must provide proof of age three to enter.

Please be aware that the Venetian Pool will cease the sale of admission tickets once the facility has reached its maximum capacity. Re-entry of any kind will be prohibited once the pool is closed for admission sales.

Historical photo of venetian pool.

The Venetian pool was opened in 1924 as the Venetian Casino. The pool was a creation that was a result of the Grand Plan that George Merrick had for a City that would embody true hometown living.

As George Merrick went about creating a City with Mediterranean features such as grand entrances, plazas, and Mediterranean style homes, the limestone being used to create the buildings were taken from a quarry pit. This quarry became Venetian Pool through the efforts of Merrick, artist Denman Fink, and architect Phineas Paist.

The pool was transformed into a paradise that is included in the National Register of Historic Places, the only swimming pool to have such a designation.

Historical photo of venetian pool. Band members performing in the pool.

In its early days, the “Venetian Casino”, was quite a destination for the high society people of the day. Movie Stars Johnny Weismuller and Esther Williams both appeared there to large crowds. The pool was also a site for orchestra concerts. The pool would be emptied and the orchestra would then perform on the pool floor. Many years later in 2001, The scene would be duplicated as a concert was held on the pool floor to commemorate the City of Coral Gables’ 75th birthday.

In 1989, a historical renovation was completed. The pool’s rich history can now be observed as you walk in through the entry fountain and gaze upon the historical pictures that remind patrons of an era long gone by.

Historical photo of venetian pool. Kid jumping off waterfall.