Venetian Pool, the city of Coral Gables' public swimming pool.
LocationCoral Gables, Florida USA
Coordinates25°44′46″N80°16′27″W / 25.74611°N 80.27417°WCoordinates: 25°44′46″N80°16′27″W / 25.74611°N 80.27417°W
Area4 acres (16,000 m2)
ArchitectPhineas Paist
NRHP reference #81000193[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 20, 1981

Nov 29, 2016  The Venetian Pool is located at 2701 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33134. Non-resident daily admission rates are $13 per adult and $8 for children ages three to 12. Coral Gables residents score entry for just $5.50 per adult and $4.50 per child. Hours of operation vary depending on the day and season, so be sure to check coralgables.com. 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.

Kids diving off rock hill at the Venetian Pool tourist attraction in Coral Gables, Florida in the 1940s.

Venetian Pool is a historic U.S.publicswimming pool located in Coral Gables, Florida. Completed in 1924, it was designed by Phineas Paist with Denman Fink.[2]

Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, FL The Venetian Pool was created in 1923 from an old coral rock quarry. The pool was designed by architect Phineas Paist and completed in the spring of 1924. Venetian casino - Coral Gables, Florida. Image Number. Image Resolution. 600 DPI ($10.00) 600 DPI ($10.00) 900 DPI ($20.00) 900 DPI ($20.00) 1200 DPI ($30.00) 1200 DPI ($30.00).Scans will be available for download in 3 to 5 business days, and will have a flat $2 per order handling charge. An email will be sent with a link to the download. The Venetian Pool is the only swimming pool on the National Register of Historic Places and has been serving the City of Coral Gables and many, many tourists since 1924. History Originally opened as the “Venetian Casino” back in 1924, the pool was created from an empty rock quarry that was used to harvest the limestone for building up the brand new city of Coral Gables.


Venetian Pool, opened in 1924 as 'Venetian Casino,' was created from a 4 acres (16,000 m2) old coral rockquarry, abandoned in 1921. The pool was founded by George Merrick as part of the development of Coral Gables, which was created in Mediterranean Revival style and utilized a large amount of coral for ornamental features of the community. The remaining quarry was reconfigured by architect Phineas Paist and designed by artist Denman Fink. Named for Mediterranean city of Venice, Italy, the pool included a Venetian style bridge and classic mooring posts.[2][3][4]

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The Venetian Pool has gone through several phases. A large additional island was created to allow Venetian style gondolas to dock alongside though the gondolas were later removed. A high diving platform was constructed above the grand waterfall and was also later torn down. Early in its history, the pool was regularly drained completely to permit the Miami Symphony to perform in it, taking advantage of the quarry's natural acoustic qualities. In 2001, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Coral Gables, the pool was once again drained for an orchestral performance. A 1989 renovation restored many of the pool's original features.[4]

In 1981, Venetian Pool was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and is the only pool listed on the register.[2][4]


The pool occupies a shallow quarry displacing some 820,000 US gallons (3,100 m3) of fresh water daily from artesian wells, making it the largest freshwater pool in the United States.[4]


The pool ranges in depth from four feet to depths of over eight feet near the grand waterfall, with a two-foot kiddy pool near the lifeguard station; the station is atop a bridge leading out to an island with two full size palm trees on it. A grotto, where natural water-filled caves stretch back over twelve feet into the hillside, is located across the pool from the island. There is a sandy sunning area for sunbathers and a café area that is commonly used for weddings and receptions. A walking path surrounds the whole complex.

The pool received a massive historical restoration in 1989.[2] The pool had another major renovation (and was closed to the public) between September 8, 2008 and April 30, 2009.


The pool has come under criticism from environmentalists due to the massive amounts of fresh water it uses daily, raising concerns that the process of completely draining the pool every night and refilling it the following day was depleting the Floridian aquifers. In 1998 a solution was devised to drain the water back into the aquifer, using natural ground filtration, thus recycling the precious natural resource, while allowing the pool to maintain its fresh, clear water.

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  • Entrance gate

  • Entrance building with greenery

  • View of pool through railings

  • Mooring post and waterfall

  • View of pool through entrance building

  • Mooring post, island and pool

  • Main buildings with pool and island

  • Island with bridge

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  • Waterfall and pool

  • Main building and greenery

  • Fountain and hanging ceiling lamp

  • Fountain in main building

  • Interior gallery of main building

  • Trellis gallery

  • Door leading to water fountain in main building

  • Landscaped path around pool

  • Shrubbery, trees and pool

  • Waterfall and main building

  • General view of buildings and pool


  1. ^'National Register Information System'. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ abcd'Venetian Pool History'. Venetian Pool. City of Coral Gables. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^Steig, Stacey. 'A History of Coral Gables'. Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2014.
  4. ^ abcd'Venetian Pool'. The Cultural Landscape Foundation. Retrieved 2 October 2014.

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