Coral gables an american garden city Roberto M. Behar

ISBN: 9782909283340

Published: January 1st 1997

Unknown Binding

223 pages


Coral gables an american garden city  by  Roberto M. Behar

Coral gables an american garden city by Roberto M. Behar
January 1st 1997 | Unknown Binding | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 223 pages | ISBN: 9782909283340 | 6.56 Mb

Seventy years ago, Coral Gables - a complete urban creation - was built on the acreage of a large South Florida citrus plantation, Situated in Dade County and adjacent to the City of Miami, the City of Coral Gables has a population of forty-three thousand people and spreads out over twelve square miles- a third of the surface of Paris. Coral Gables is a growing international business center with a townlike charm that may claim the title of the most beautiful garden city in the world.The architectural and urban history of Coral Gables recounted in this book is also the story of a unique human adventure, in the early 1920s, young George Merrick had a vision of a shining city that would rise on the land of his family plantation.

It would develop behind walls broken by ever open monumental gates to symbolize the cohesion of this new community. Inside, a checkboard of wide avenues lined by exotic trees and punctuated by grand fountains and plazas would have its austere American street pattern softened by immense golf courses laid out in the manner of English parks.Homes and civic structures were built in composite styles combining architectures such as renaissance, gothic and baroque as influenced by Spanish, Italian and Moorish cultures. In addition, villages in Chinese, Anglo-Normand, Dutch-South African, Italian, French and colonial American styles would complete a kind of architectural Grand-Tour within the garden city.The beauty of Coral Gables was further highlighted by unforgettable monuments: the picturesque Venetian pool built between 1923-1924 - a favorite gathering place that would receive Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller alias Tarzan - the Biltmore Hotel, with a tower inspired by Sevilles Giralda, the baroque churches suggestive of ancient missions and the canals that would link the city to Biscayne Bay and which during the 1920s were traveled by authentic gondolas.The abundance and generosity of the invented landscape of Coral Gables, in the form of unique open spaces, giant banyan trees, poincianas and a variety of palm trees provides comfort to the resident, dazzles the visitors eye and confirms Merricks vision of the American Dream.

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