Coral Gables History

Coral Gables was incorporated in 1925 and its founder, George Merrick, had a distinct vision for the city. Merrick named Coral Gables after the home he grew up in, which was made of a limestone, coral-like exterior and fitted with a gabled roof. With their textured walls and tiled roofs, the houses and buildings create one cohesive city-wide aesthetic, unsurprising given that it was one of Florida’s first planned cities. Let’s dig a little deeper into Coral Gables’ rich history.

In a mere eight years, George Merrick transformed Coral Gables from part of Miami's sleepy backcountry into a lush, stately city of its own.

Coral Gables is not made of coral. So where the heck did the name come from?