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The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1991. The mission of the organization is to support an environment in which its members and all community citizens can understand, appreciate, exchange information and live with Coral Gables history.  The Association promotes the understanding of the importance of historic resources and their preservation.

 

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La Joie de Vivre in historic French Country Village in Coral Gables

 

Upon entering this masterfully restored estate, guests were transported to another time and era—that of the roaring 1920s in celebration of the French “joy of life”.

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Your gift means everything. 100%.

 

All gifts of $100 or more to the George Giving Society are unrestricted and a 100% tax deduction may be available to you under IRS guidelines.

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WANT TO SUPPORT HPACG & ITS PROJECTS?

 

NOTECARDS CREATED FROM COMMISSIONED ARTWORKS DEPICTING THE WHITE WAY LIGHTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. $15 FOR A BOX OF 8.  FREE DELIVERY IN THE GABLES.

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The paintings were found in a barn loft in 1978.Italian artist Constantino Brumidi is best known for his murals in the United States Capitol, but he also contributed to the White House Collection. Soon after the 1866 completion of his allegorical masterpiece in the Capitol Rotunda, The Apotheosis of Washington, President Ulysses S. Grant asked Brumidi to bring his talents to the White House. The Grant administration was in the midst of redecorating the Entrance Hall, developing it into what art historian William Kloss describes as “a visual fanfare to the Union.”

Brumidi created two companion paintings, Liberty and Union for display in the newly renovated Entrance Hall. The paintings were completed in a modified illusionist style reminiscent of the Venetian ceiling paintings of the sixteenth century.

Both paintings are ripe with symbolism. Liberty features a personification of Liberty, crowned with stars representing the thirteen original states and holding a spear and laurel wreath. The laurel illustrates victory and also truce, a symbolic depiction of post-Civil War America. Union holds the Union shield as an American bald eagle, grasping arrows and an olive branch in its talons, gazes up, pairing the Great Seal of the United States with the allegorical figure.

These paintings were installed on the ceiling of the Entrance Hall. Liberty hung above a cameo, or carved likeness, of Abraham Lincoln on the west wall and Union hung above a cameo of George Washington on the east wall.

In 1891, the paintings were removed from the White House following another redecoration by President Benjamin Harrison and First Lady Caroline Harrison. Edgar S. Yergason acquired the paintings after assisting with the redecoration. After his death in 1920, the paintings were all but forgotten. In 1978, the new owners of Yergason’s summer home in Windham, Connecticut, found the artwork stored in a barn loft. Three years later, the paintings were gifted to the White House Collection.
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