Travel to U.S.: Oklahoma: Norman 5: Housing the Dallas Generation
Since about 1990 a new style of house, known locally as the Dallas House, has dominated new construction in Norman. Its chief characteristic is a huge attic, in most cases useless. This is combined with a wealth of fake ornamentation and lots of glass.
Typical of the new Norman, but on the high end. The windows are all sealed, and the divided light is all snap-on fakery. What does the porch do? Provide shade? Shelter from the rain? Not likely.
The column was structurally superfluous but symbolically weighty.
The same column, in context.
There was a special on columns at the building-supply house. You could get four for the price of two, see. Who could pass up such a deal?
The wing on the right is a garage in which cars are stabled, not parked. The Dutch doors are phoney, with the upper halves fixed in place.
The same house a decade later (2009). Amazing, the difference plants can make.
Houses in the neighborhood wage combat by column.
Here I am!
Mind the spiral chimney.
A sidewalk whose builders were trying to make their path interesting.
A new east-side subdivision, built on the principle of "to Everyman his moat."
Do you think the Lady might make an appearance?
This is what you can get for a million dollars: a rancher-cum-castle, with a tunnel leading into the keep--oops, garage.
Late in 2001, Norman welcomed Ashton Grove, a gated community for dukes, barons, and football coaches.
Some of the homes here were nicely proportioned.
Others demonstrated the continuing revival of stone and brick facades on wood-frame houses.
Naked, this house was not so different from a--gasp!--manufactured home.
Almost ready for the Hamptons?
The same house a few years later.
Rustic trim, with tight-squeeze stalls for hundreds and hundreds of horses.
A portcullis is an available extra.
Next door, the home of a local builder who figured that you could never have too many gables.
The grand entrance.
Pool with nymphs.
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