Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Eclecticism/Eclectic

The selection of elements from diverse styles for architectural decoration designs, particularly during the late 19th-early 20th century period in Europe and the USA.

Eclectic Characteristics


Some architectural historians categorize all the styles between Victorian (1860-1900) and American houses Since 1940 as Eclectic.

For example, see part of the Table of Contents in A Field Guide to American Houses, by Virginia and Lee McAlester (Knopf, 2000):



Examples from Buffalo architecture:

Examples from Buffalo architecture:


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