Neo-eclectic architecture is a rejection of the modernist tendencies found in ranch, bi-level and split level housing. Many McMansions can be Neo-eclectics and are considerably related to the Post-Modern movement in commercial and governmental architecture. The style is widespread in newer developments. Houses incorporate a variety of architectural elements from numerous styles such as colonial revival, craftsman, tudor, cape cod, and mission, just to name a few. The construction methods of these homes are unchanged from the earlier modern homes, but the size, massing and architectural features changed from their predecessors. Unlike other styles, contractors and developers promoted this style rather than architects.

Primary Stylistic Features
  • Two or more stories.
  • Imitated historic styles.
  • Multiple roof lines.
  • Brick or stone veneer.
  • Large footprint.
  • Open interior spaces.
  • Applied decorative features.
Secondary Stylistic Features
  • No porches.
  • Walkways to driveway.
  • Unfinished attics.
  • Vinyl windows.
  • Mixed synthetic materials.
  • Multi-car garage.

Evaluation Considerations

Neo-eclectic buildings are found in residential developments. Most often they will be found in developments with other similar resources, but on occasion are found as new incompatible construction in older neighborhoods. Neo-eclectics are rarely eligible as individual resources. To be eligible as individual buildings, they must embody all primary features and nearly all secondary features. Design, workmanship, materials, location, association and setting are extremely important aspects of integrity. More often, Neo-eclectics will be eligible as a district. The relationship between the street and other buildings is a primary concern when addressing eligibility. As a district, Neo-eclectics should exhibit a majority of primary features and some secondary features. The overall subdivision should maintain integrity of design, workmanship, materials and association. Landscaping is an important characteristic of this building type. Additions are not appropriate for Neo-eclectics.