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Notes on the Geography of 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.

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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. Impress passersby? We hope so.

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The column was structurally superfluous but symbolically weighty.

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The same column, in context. Call it The Last Corinthian. Maybe it was a close-out model.

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Here, too, there seems to have been a special on columns at the building-supply house. You could get four for the price of two. Hard to pass it up, even we had to hunt for place to park the things.

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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.

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The same house a decade later (2009). Amazing, the difference plants can make.

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Houses in the neighborhood wage status combat.

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Here it is before landscraping.

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Cry, "I am. I am here."

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Galumph, galumph.

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Mind the spiral chimney.

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Somebody read that straight lines were unattractive. Do they get credit for trying?

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A new east-side subdivision, built on the principle of moats for all.

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Do you think the Lady might make an appearance?

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This is what you can get for a million dollars: a rancher-cum-castle, with a tunnel leading into the keep--oops, garage.

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Late in 2001, Norman welcomed Ashton Grove, a gated community for dukes, barons, and football coaches.

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Some of the homes here were nicely proportioned.

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Others demonstrated the continuing popularity of stone and brick facades on wood-frame houses. 

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Naked, this house was not so different from a--gasp!--manufactured home.

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Almost ready for the Hamptons?

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The same house a few years later.

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Ho, Mercutio!

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Rustic trim, with tight-squeeze stalls for hundreds and hundreds of horses.

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A portcullis is an available extra.

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Next door, the home of a local builder who figures that you can never have too many gables.

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The grand entrance.

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Dining.

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Den.

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Cathedral living.

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Pool with nymphs.


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