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The meaning of "Grand Case" comes from Creole for "big house". This is because this village was originally a home to small wooden houses, salt ponds and fisherman, except for this big white two-storey house on the beach, which was visible from far at sea.
The Europeans constantly coming in and out of this area for these commercial regions lent great influence to its culinary world. It was the culinary delights that drew attention to Grand Case and thus its most recent tourist development.
The old wooden houses have since been renovated as the area of Grand Case has gained luxury status, but the charm has forever remained. The architecture of Grand Case is one of the best offerings on the island, and perhaps even one of the most charming in the Caribbean. Houses here are done in "gingerbread style" with a lot of ornamentation. The colors come from a calming palette of pastels that blends in with the backdrop of the island, yet is bright enough to call humble attention upon them as individuals.
Creole style, reminiscent to the famous architectural design in New Orleans, rings in the design of many of the buildings in Grand Case. French flair comes through in the cafes and bistros that Grand Case is known so well for but overall, the Caribbean flavor brings color and pizzazz to the city. The naysayers point out that there are plenty of standard concrete structures in the town of Grand Case, which is working-class residential, but for the main street with the restaurants which itself is dotted with structures that need lots of loving care that distract from any uniform feel of archictecture or style.