The First Church

May 2018

In 1923, city father George Merrick founded the Coral Gables Congregational Church. It was to honor his father, Solomon, a Congregational minister. It was also the first public building in the city. The Mediterranean Revival design patterned its bell tower after one in Seville, Spain, while its barrel roof tiles came from Cuba. It is the first church to be listed in on Florida’s National Register of Historic Places. Today it continues to thrive as part of the United Church of Christ. 

1923, Photo courtesy of HistoryMiami Museum, Archives and Research Center
2018, Photo by Nicholas Faber

IN 1923

  • Insulin first produced for diabetes
  • The first baseball game at Yankee Stadium (Babe Ruth hits a home run)
  • King Tut’s burial chamber is opened
  • Premiere issue of Time Magazine published
  • Warner Brothers film studio opens