Step through the stucco archway, linger in the tiled courtyard, and you might think you were in Spain. Or Portugal. Or Italy, or northern Africa, or Mexico. North America's Spanish house styles embrace the entire Mediterranean world, combine it with ideas from Hopi and Pueblo Indians, and add flourishes that can amuse and delight any whimsical spirit.
What do you call these houses? Spanish-inspired homes built in the first decades of the 20th century are usually described as Spanish Colonial or Spanish Revival, suggesting that they borrow ideas from early American settlers from Spain. However, these homes might also be called Hispanic or Mediterranean. And, because these homes often combine many different styles, some people use the term Spanish Eclectic.