Hispanic Architecture In America

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How Hispanic architecture has impacted America
Trulee Gilkison
In general, American houses normally have reflected a Colonial style. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Spanish influence became noticeable in buildings. Designers in America with a Spanish heritage began to follow a specific vision - one that reflected their culture well. This created several different visions for architecture in America that began to produce different distinct designs based on the past from each Spanish region.
Emphasized by simplicity, houses went from intricate, symmetrical, and square houses, to ones with an asymmetrical build unified by the red-tiled roof and white stucco walls. Spanish revival designs created a craze in America, and each had a
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Most of the early revivals started in areas where the Spanish settled first, then started to migrate from there. Earlier revivals were free to adapt to American cultures, but in the early 20th century, these modifications and alterations were more true to the historical style. These differences were mostly caused by regional expansion, and caused different “styles” to be blended into American Architecture.
The Ponce de Leon Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida was completed in 1888 and was one of the early buildings that sparked national interest in Spanish Architecture. This hotel was the first in the industry that was constructed completely out of coquina stone. The murals on the walls were influenced by Ponce de Leon’s story of the Fountain of Youth, causing an influx of tourists to visit this site. The decorations of the hotel reflect the water, and some tourists say that just glancing upon them make “them feel younger”- which again reiterates the whole idea of the Fountain of
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The market locations in America influenced the migration of emigrants to America. Most Americans believe that emigration began around 1620 when migrants went to Plymouth rock, but Spanish towns were already flourishing in Florida, the Southwest. Spanish migration only increased from here, and spread across America; mostly to California, the Southwest, and Florida.
These areas are not only important to the spread of Hispanic influence, but vital. These are areas of high concentration when it comes to population, which means that more people will be affected by this cultural shift. Then, as people from these areas start to move around the states, they involuntarily bring this culture with them, which in turn affects most of the United States. This is the basis for how this Hispanic influence is spread throughout the United States, and how the designs of buildings are changed not only in California, the Southwest, and Florida, but other parts of the country as

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