I’ll be wrapping up my Villages of Coral Gables series today with the colorful Chinese Village. This grouping of a mere 8 homes is a stone’s throw from my EWM office. These homes are not at all what you’d expect in Spanish-inspired Coral Gables but they seem right at home.
Of all the Villages that I’ve highlighted, this one seemed to be the most sparse when it came to details. The architect of Coral Gables’ French Provincial Village, Phillip Lippincott Goodwin, teamed up with Henry Killam Murphy to co-author the 1924 book French Provincial Architecture. Murphy went on to design the Chinese Village in 1926. His architectural choice was certainly unique, not only in Florida but throughout the country. Then and now, the Chinese Village stands out colorfully from behind a gated wall on Riviera Drive, just South of U.S. 1.
A preservation group called The Villagers has, at times, restored these historic home sites and countless other Coral Gables landmarks.
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