Coral Gables, also known as The City Beautiful,” stands out as one of Florida’s most cherished communities whose architecture and liveliness has made this city a beautiful treasure to locals. Inspired by the Mediterranean Revival style, visionaries who shaped the foundation of Coral Gables, such as George Merrick, wanted to build a unique suburb that held all the elements of the current architectural movement of the 1900s.
The architect who was in charge off supervising the city’s development, Phineas Paist, established the codes that would protect the aesthetic designs that were prominent in the construction. Designers and planners of Coral Gables wanted to bring vibrant colors and European and Mediterranean styles into the architecture of the buildings and homes that were to be built in the area, including styles of rounded arches and loggias from ancient Rome.
Coral Gables was finally incorporated in 1925 after four years since the idea was born. Throughout these four years, hundreds of homes were constructed and over seven million dollars of real estate were sold, particularly as a result of the prestigious Biltmore Hotel which still stands grand as a trademark of The City Beautiful.
During the 1950s and 1960s, as World War II came around and soldiers flooded the Gables, Miracle Mile emerged and is still considered one of the most popular strips in Florida. Today, Coral Gables is known for is lush green life, energetic colors, Spanish architecture, and it considered one of the more historic cities in Florida with a vibrant future ahead of it.