The Granada Entrance to Coral Gables is one of the most beautiful and historic entrances in Coral Gables. The entrance is situated at the intersection of SW 8 ST and Granada Blvd (click here for Google Street View) and it is made of coral rock probably quarried around the time of the city’s founding in the 1920′s from the nearby Venetian Pool. The city’s founder, George Merrick, offered this rock for free to be used in the construction of homes and major landmarks. Mr. Merrick actually originally envisioned similarly designed entrances at the 7 main entry ways to the city but the Great Depression put those plans on hold and only a few of the entrances were completed. Much later (as in only in the last couple of decades) another wonderful Coral Gables resident, and president of The Coral Gables Garden Club, made it her mission to complete a few more of the entrances and The Coral Gables Blog will be featuring more information on these in an upcoming blog post.
This entrance is one of the original that was finished and when you walk up to it you feel as though you are going back in time to a more enchanted era. Thousands of people drive past and through this entrance every day but most or maybe none of them take the time to stop and actually walk through this fabulous piece of history. So without further polluting this article with my writing here is Part 1 of Coral Gables Granada Entrance….enjoy!
And as always click the images for larger view…tomorrow Part 2, the West Side and Detail Pics!
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