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Coral Gables' French Normandy Village Is A Fairy Tale Dream

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Although it never caught on much in Florida, Norman and Romanesque architecture, with its castles and crenulations, its clunky parapets and imitation wattle-and-daub, was quite en vogue in the 1920s. It was the style of many of the great estates of Long Island's North Shore, the Great Gatsby's home turf. And so, appropriately enough, George Merrick picked it to adorn one of his theme villages, the French Normandy Village, designed by John and Coulton Skinner. Two more villages, out of the seven total, would be French in character, giving France the greatest presence among the theme villages.

· Coral Gables Theme Villages [Curbed Miami]