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Neo-Eclectic

The Neo-Eclectic Style is typified by a bold blend of historical and contemporary designs to create a custom look in housing. It can appear as if designed by committee, with touches of Colonial architecture, influences from Arts and Crafts, combinations of Mediterranean or Continental styles, or Exotic ornamentation. Sometimes referred to as "Hodge Podge" architecture, the Neo-Eclectic home can mix and match disparate elements such as columns and turrets or archways. In fact, looks can be cobbled together from the entire range of Neo-Colonial, Neo-French, Neo-Tudor, Neo-Mediterranean, and Neo-classical Revival, or Neo-Victorian styles. In short, anything goes.

The style emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a response to bland Ranch or Traditional styles. Because it's a custom fit, a Neo-Eclectic home can include just about every kind of exterior treatment: wood, stucco, brick, vinyl siding, or stone. Depending on scale and setting, the style can appear over-sized or pretentious.


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