Neotraditional (or Neo-traditional) means New Traditional. Neotraditional architecture is contemporary architecture that borrows from the past. Neotraditional buildings are constructed using modern materials like vinyl and mock-brick, but the building design is inspired by historic styles.
Neotraditional architecture does not copy historic architecture. Instead, Neotraditional buildings merely suggest the past, using decorative details to add a nostaligic aura to an otherwise modern-day structure. Historic features like shutters and weather vanes are ornamental and serve no practical function.
Neotraditional Architecture and New UrbanismThe term Neotraditional is associated with the New Urbanist movement known as Traditional Neighborhood Development. Traditional Neighborhoods by New Urbanist designers often resemble historic villages with homes and shops clustered together along quaint, tree-lined streets. See: Celebration, Florida
Neotraditional Architecture and American House StylesSince the 1960s, most new homes constructed in the United States have been Neotraditional in their design. Builders incorporate details from a variety of historic traditions, creating houses that might be called Neocolonial, Neo-Victorian, Neo-Mediterranean, or, simply, Neoeclectic.
Neotraditional Architecture and Commercial BuildingsNeotraditional design is often used for modern-day commercial architecture. Look for the pseudo-historic details in these chain stores and restaurants:
- Applebee's Restaurant
- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
- T.G.I. Friday's
- Uno Chicago Grill
Neotraditional Architecture and Walt DisneyNeotraditional architecture is fanciful. It strives to evoke warm memories of a fairy tale past. It's no wonder, then, theme parks such as Main Street in Disney World are lined with Neotraditional buildings. See: Disney Architects
Although there are distinctions, a Neotraditional (or Neo-traditional) building may also be called:
Here are just a few details you might find on a Neotraditional building: