George Merrick‘s Pioneer Village in Coral Gables is quite a bit different than all the others – the homes are all relatively large, and on larger lots of land, not so much in clusters or even separate compounds like the Chinese or French City villages, they face on to and are built along a single road, Santa Maria Street, just below the Biltmore Golf Course, all of the homes are a part of the full stretch of the Santa Maria Historic District, so hopefully that will keep them from the chopping block like so many of the other historic homes around Miami. The Pioneer Village takes a small leap of faith to sort of imagine, they obviously look nothing like our modern image of a “Pioneer”, to our eye more resembling plantation homes, but with some obvious New England style elements, Federal eagles, flags picket fences and the like. The homes were designed by John Pierson, and John and Coulton Skinner (the Skinner’s also contributed to the Italian Village). Santa Maria is a wide treelined and shaded street, one of the more beautiful neighborhoods to walk around in, if you happen to be near the Biltmore, or staying there, take a little stroll.
Update: As with the Chinese Village, we did a nice little slideshow of George Merrick’s Pioneer Village and posted that to YouTube, a fun little project for us, we’ll see if we do more of these.