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The Coral Gables Museum’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Open House

9/22/10

The City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue,  will host a free, public Open House and Ribbon Cutting Dedication on October 10, 2010 at the newly restored Old Police and Fire Station.  The Open House will begin at 10:10 a.m. with coffee, juice, pastries and bagels; activities for children and families and self-guided tours. The beautiful 1939 building – whose spectacular restoration will serve as the Museum’s initial “exhibition” – will be open all day for casual visits, activities and tours.  The Museum’s Main Entrance is at 285 Aragon Avenue in Downtown Coral Gables.

At 2:00 p.m., the project’s architect, Jorge L. Hernandez, will speak on the process and inspirations he used to transform the landmark 1939 Police and Fire Station into the Coral Gables Museum.  Activities for children and families and self guided tours will continue throughout the day.  Following Mr. Hernandez’s lecture, cake and ice cream will be served in the new Museum Courtyard.

At 4:00 p.m. live music will begin in the Giralda Plaza, a newly created public space on the corner of Salzedo and Giralda, as guests arrive for the 5:00 p.m. dedication ceremonies.

At 5:00 p.m. the governing bodies of the two host organizations – the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum – will recognize and honor all those individuals, governmental agencies, corporations and private foundations that have made this renovation and construction possible.

A symbolic ribbon will be cut at the end of the ceremonies and everyone will be encouraged to tour the beautiful new Museum and Archives. Music, hors d’oeuvres and mojitos provided by Bacardi USA of Coral Gables will continue in the plaza until 7:00 p.m.

The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore all aspects of architecture, landscape architecture, design and urban planning as well as historic and environmental preservation, set within the context of one of America’s first and most successful planned communities – the City of Coral Gables.

For more information, please contact Steven Klindt, Executive Director of the Coral Gables Museum at (305) 301-6616 or at [email protected]

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