Created in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, the 820,000 gallon pool is fed with natural spring water from the underground aquifer. Of course the aquifer is not the only feature that enhances a visitor’s experience. It also features two large historic lookout towers, with a view to the beautiful city of Coral Gables. 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 Venetian pool was opened in 1924 as the “Venetian Casino”, which was part of the Grand Plan George Merrick had for the City of Coral Gables. His vision for his city, was to embody a sense of true hometown living. With the efforts of George Merrick, artist Denman Fink, and architect Phineas Paist, the pool was transformed into a paradise that today is included in the National Register of Historic Places; the only swimming pool to have such a designation.
In its early days, the “Venetian Casino” was the destination for many celebrities, including such movie stars as Johnny Weismuller and Esther Williams. The pool was also a site for orchestrated concerts, in which the pool was emptied of its 820,000 gallons of water and the orchestra would perform on the pool bottom. Let The Venetian Pool be the destination for your guests and let them share that same natural slendor that so many have enjoyed in the past.
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