On Saturday, October 22nd, The Coral Gables Museum will be unveiling several new exhibits to the public. The launch will take place during the Museum’s inaugural weekend, which kicks off on October 20 with the “Real Castles in Spain” dinner at the Biltmore Hotel, a rare gastronomical event featuring the renowned chefs of the prestigious Paradores hotels in Spain. The Museum building, which once served as a police and fire station to the city of Coral Gables, will house five unique exhibits, including a display of antique Spanish maps and a tribute to Anthony Abraham, a longtime Coral Gables resident and one of South Florida’s most prolifi c philanthropists.
The largest exhibit to be featured this fall will be “Creating the Dream: George Merrick and his Vision for Coral Gables,” which also serves at the theme for the inaugural weekend festivities. Curated by Ms. Parks, renowned historian and author, the multi-room exhibit highlights the genius of George Merrick, his family and other visionaries who inspired him and helped him turn his dream into reality.
The Museum will also present “Bringing Beauty into Our lives: Art and Architecture in Coral Gables During the New Deal, 1933-1941,” curated by John A. Stuart, Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Department of Architecture and Florida International University. The exhibit honors a time when Coral Gables boasted a vibrant community of local artists and architects.
Another featured exhibit, “Coral Gables’ Sister Cities: Partners in Peace,” will be displayed as a dedication to the City of Coral Gables’ beloved sister cities, part of an international movement launched by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. Images and text will tell the story of our nation in a Cold War environment and how Eisenhower, with his extensive wartime experience and leadership abilities, rallied the public to reach out to citizens of other nations in an effort to promote cultural understanding and world peace.
The Coral Gables Museum celebrates the civic arts of architecture, city planning, landscape architecture, historic and environmental preservation and history—the elements that defi ne Coral Gables. For more information, please visit us at www.coralgablesmuseum.org or call 305.603.8067.