The Chinese Village is the most unique out of the seven George Merrick Themed Villages in Coral Gables, for the obvious reason that it seems so wildly out of place. All of the other building styles from the other villages have found their way in to the general design lexicon found throughout the Gables and “suburban Miami”, especially the Mediterranean / Mediterranean Revival style and to a lesser degree the French and Colonial Pioneer, but the Chinese never really moved much beyond the tiny enclave it inhabits. Most people simply stumble upon the village, its not easy to find and not in an obviously residential area, rather on the fringe where the eastern side of Coral Gables abuts to US1, between Riviera and LeJeune and facing on one side a lowrise commercial street. Trust us, its hard to find, but worth a little exploration. The homes are clustered on a triangular lot and interconnected by a wall around the perimeter, interspersed with decorative fencing, doors, and window openings making it feel like a small compound, which in fact it really is. All the residents share in their party walls and interior green space. The homes were built in 1926 and 1927 by the architect Henry Killam Murphy.
Update: We’ve also put together a nice slideshow on the George Merrick Chinese Village and posted it to YouTube, this is something new for us, hopefully you will enjoy it, regardless, we had fun making it. The photos can be downloaded from our Chinese Village flickr album.