The venerable Venetian Pool is about to get a face-lift.
On Tuesday, the Coral Gables City Commission selected a contractor to take charge of the project.
Bejar Construction, which submitted the best bid of $773,365, will oversee a slew of renovations at the 1920s-era landmark at 2701 De Soto Blvd.
The improvements aren’t glamorous. Commissioners stressed that the project would not change the pool, but rather preserve it.
The face-lift was approved by the Board of Architects and the Historic Preservation Board in the Gables. The improvements to the pool and the surrounding property will include roof replacement, window repair, cabinetry, pool repair, beach sand replacement, concrete work, and drainage, among other things.
At a future commission meeting, the construction company will present a more detailed plan and presentation, when renovations are expected to start, and if it will affect public operations.
The Venetian is an 820,000-gallon pool that was built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry, where much of the original coral rock was used as border and accents. It also has two historic lookout towers, with a view of the city.
The pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer. In the summer and spring, the pool is filled and drained daily.
The pool has gone through only two renovations, one in 1989 and the second in 2009.