How's that for a thread title!
Anyhow, reading several articles about "Persian palaces" -- a distinctive style of residential architecture favored by Iranian immigrants in the Los Angeles area, I was reminded of the "Northtown Neo-Mediterranean" style houses built by Italian-American builders in Buffalo's northern suburbs. In previous threads on the Cyburbia Forums, it was found that the "Northtowns Neo-Mediterranean" style is rare in North America; it occurs mainly in suburban Buffalo, and parts of suburban Chicago, Montreal and Toronto where there are large concentrations of Italian-Americans/Italian-Canadians.
From Wikipedia: "A Persian palace typically is a 2-story white or pink stucco-covered box incorporating architectural and decorative features from many traditions--most notably Spanish tile roofs, wrought-iron decoration, Romanesque columns and atria, bronze Middle Eastern statuary (typically of lions)--into a whole that is derided by many architects as less than the sum of its parts."
Northtowns Neo-Mediterranean houses usually have the following traits:
* Brick (standard modular or Roman) on the front elevation; usually cream-colored, sometimes red.
* White aluminum or vinyl siding on side and rear elevations.
* Hip roof, usually with a low pitch and large eaves.
* Windows either don't have mullions, or they have a snap-in diagonal mullion pattern grid.
* May have a Palladian motif fenestration outline on first floor facade windows, but fitted with standard rectangular windows.
* May have a two-story window, and/or window above the front door, used to bring light to a two-story foyer.
* Usually little or no articulation of the facade, except where an attached garage meets the house.
* Double doorway at the front entrance.
Are there any other types of "ethnoburbian vernacular" architecture? That is, residential architectural styles that are built by a particular ethnic group that is not native to the region.