The Museum is a partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the non-profit Coral Gables Museum Corp. The City, as owner of the building at 285 Aragon, restored the historic structure with funds from the State of Florida, Miami-Dade County, the City of Coral Gables and donations to the Coral Gables Museum Corp. Construction of the Fewell Gallery, the loggia and the public plaza has been funded by private donations to the Coral Gables Museum Corp.
The Museum, which has a Metrobus stop for Routes 56 and 24 at its front door, will be the neighbor of Books & Books, a successful independent bookseller; the new Coral Gables Art Cinema; the Columbian Consulate and a number of locally owned and operated businesses, restaurants and hotels. Parking for Museum visitors will be at the City of Coral Gables Museum Parking building on Aragon Avenue just south and east of the Museum.
A major component of the Museum’s educational programs is empowering students to understand and embrace their ability to bring about necessary change to the way people live in the built environment which will result in considerable benefit to both local and global communities.
The Museum’s construction and renovation project is intrinsically “green” — restoring the historic Coral Gables Municipal building and utilizing the building’s original materials. The Coral Gables Museum will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified, providing a significant educational platform for visitors and students to learn about green design and practical solutions for a more sustainable community.