HISTORIC HOMES IN COCONUT GROVE AND CORAL GABLES
The City of Coral Gables has eleven resources which are
listed in the National Register of Historic Places (National Register), one of
which is also designated as a National Historic Landmark. The National Register
is the list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Listing in
the National Register is largely honorary in nature, and recognizes a
resource’s significance on a local, state, or national level. The National
Historic Landmark program recognizes nationally significant historic resources
which possess exceptional value in representing the country’s history.
Approximately 90,000 resources are listed in the National Register and 2,500
are designated as National Historic Landmarks throughout the country.
Gables City Hall was constructed from 1927 through 1928, during one of South
Florida's most difficult financial periods. One year prior, the Florida Land
Boom had collapsed as a result of the devastating 1926 hurricane, resulting in
the sudden deflation of real estate values. Phineas Paist, the Supervising
Architect of Coral Gables, and Denman Fink, the Art Director of Coral Gables,
designed the building.
building was designed in what has come to be known as the Mediterranean Revival
style, utilizing the native oolitic limestone. When George Merrick commenced
the planning and development of Coral Gables, he envisioned it as a cohesively
designed Mediterranean inspired city. The design of City Hall conformed to
Merrick’s Mediterranean ideals, and is an excellent example of the period’s
architecture which blended elements commonly used in Spanish, Moorish, and