One hundred years ago this November, nearly 5000 people showed up on George and Eunice Merrick’s front lawn for the first hugely successful land auction in what would become the City Beautiful. The Coral Gables Merrick House is telling this remarkable story through Doc Dammers Day on Sunday, October 24.
Auctioneer Edward “Doc” Dammers–who would become the City’s first mayor–was the charismatic showman who sold the Castles in Spain concept in partnership with Coral Gables Founder George Merrick. Attorney Frank Shutts (Miami Herald publisher, 1910-1937) purchased eight lots at that first auction and called Dammers the “iron man of real estate.”
The party begins and ends at the Coral Gables Museum, but it doesn’t stop there! Trolleys will tour through town with stops at the Merrick House, Venetian Pool and Biltmore Hotel. Docents will offer engaging anecdotes while guests enjoy 20s-style fare, libations, exhibits and music, as well as a silent auction, of course! A commemorative program features compelling photos and curious facts surrounding the life and times of Doc, the hero of the day! Celebrate the City Beautiful in vintage style! Period attire is encouraged. Proceeds benefit ongoing restoration/preservation at the Coral Gables Merrick House.
Title Sponsor: Shutts & Bowen LLP
Catering: Rita Tennyson of RCatering
Sunday, October 24, 2021
4:00 – 8:30 pm
$75 per person
Check-in at 4:00 pm at Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue
As per Coral Gables city mandate, masks are required on trolleys and inside the Merrick House. Adults only, please.