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Yes, OKC, being central in the United States, we get a very eclectic mix of styles. Our weather and lack of distinct geography also means that no particular style tends to predominate. A days drive into Albaquerque and the equation changes -almost all adobe /Southwest style.
It is a bit of a shock to see a Swiss chalet, or a tudor in some of the stately neighborhoods here in OKC, but part of me also likes it.

As an aside -Thomas Jefferson had a vision for American architecture and it was informed by classicism and historical revival.
Though not to everyone's taste, he did realize architecture's importance and wanted American culture to be a supreme example. To his credit, at least he attempted to bring architecture's importance to America's consciousness. Having said that...

Fast forward a few hundred years - and it is sad that in America, these faux structures and ugly strip malls prevail. Jefferson would puke on the spot. It is sad to drive across the country and be greeted by the same chain restaurants and home improvement centers which substitute for a "downtown".

America's Puritan roots placed little emphasis on architectural flamboyance. To spend more to create something more "appealing" or "appropraite" usually costed more -and was therefore not done.
Perhaps more to your point -We collectively got exactly what we collectively asked /settled for -cheap.

Originally Posted by lawyerdad
DP, do you get much of this down your way? Because what people are complaining about here in LA has as much to do with historical quotation in architecture as this
does with sartorial historical quotation. What we're overrun with here is aggressively shoddy, cheap mini-mall quality construction in a faux Tuscan style. If it were just a matter of Tuscan architectural stylings being used out of context, that would be one thing. In LA, you can find examples of pretty much every architectural style used out of context, sometimes to good effect and sometimes not so much. But this is just a bad joke that won't stop. And its very ubiquity obliterates the possibility of it having the kind of tongue-in-cheek (or tongue-in-cheek, as we say at SF) kitschy appeal you might find in, say, a randomly-placed gaudi-inspired dripped-cement AM/PM or a Starbucks sporting a mural of the Sistine Chapel ceiling done in M&M's.