The Normandy Isles Historic District comprises the southern and eastern portions of two distinct islands, the Isle of Normandy on the south and that portion of Normandy Shores along South Shore Drive on the north which borders the Normandy Shores Golf Course. The two sections are separated from one another by Normandy Waterway, which, along with Indian Creek Waterway, are navigable channels connecting the islands to Biscayne Bay.
The plan of the district features a well-defined commercial area in the immediate vicinity of
Vendome Plaza along 71st Street and Normandy Drive, with a surrounding neighborhood
of multiple dwelling residential buildings. The contributing buildings represent a variety of
styles including Mediterranean Revival, Moderne, Masonry Vernacular, and Post-War
Modern styles, many of which exhibit distinct local adaptations that have become
recognized as “Miami Modernism” (MiMo).