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When he moved to Florida, architect Adison Mizner took a special interest in the small, unimpressive town of Boca Raton. He wanted to turn it into an enormous, luxurious resort area. With this aim in mind he started Mizner Development Corporation in 1925, and purchased the 1500 acres of land necessary to do it. But he did not want to create stale, uninteresting architecture that he thought modern architects of his time were producing. Rather, he planned Boca Raton in the whimsical Mediterranean style – largely inspired by Spain – that was becoming increasingly popular.
In designing architecture Mizner said his goal was to "make a building look traditional and as though it had fought its way from a small unimportant structure to a great rambling house." In his Spanish Revivalist style, Mizner gave Boca Raton the look of a Meditteranean suburb with a modern flair. Typical houses in this style (which was popular predominantly between 1915 and 1940) are generally thought to include the following characteristics: a low-pitched roof, red roof tiles, little or no overhanging eaves, stucco siding, and arches above doors, porch entryways and main windows.
The Mizner Park complex (which combines retail, office, and residential buildings) is a good example of the predominant architectural style of Boca Raton.