The Seven Villages of Coral Gables
George Merrick meticulously planned Coral Gables in the early 1920s with an architectural style designated as Spanish, Venetian, Moorish, and Italian. Much less known are the thematic villages Merrick commissioned in 1925. Fourteen styles were planned for 1,000+ homes but a devastating hurricane and national financial crisis ended building in 1927 with only 80 completed in half the styles. Planned but never built Villages were African Bazaar, Japanese, Mexican Hacienda, Neopolitan Baroque, Persian Canal, Tangier, and Venetian Town/Canal. Fortunately, today we can still see homes in the Chinese Compound, Dutch South African, Florida Pioneer (Colonial), French City, French Country, French Normandy, and Italian Country/Venetian Villages.