Novelty architecture

Novelty architecture is a travel topic.


Longaberger Basket Co. HQ

Novelty or mimetic architecture, as a form of commercial building or structure, often reflects the forms of people, animals or objects for sale (such as an oversized apple, orange, banana or hotdog-shaped restaurant). Some novelty buildings blatantly copy landmarks and monuments from other regions (such as an Eiffel Tower, were it copied and placed on the Las Vegas strip), employ unusual shapes or are constructed with unusual materials. As a promotional gimmick, novelty architecture in commercial buildings became popular soon after automobile travel became commonplace.

Novelty architecture produces usable buildings, distinguishing itself from statuary or architectural folly (in which a building is constructed as ruins, as sculpture, as visual art or as part of a "make-work project" where the finished product need not be functional). While most are intended as structures for occupancy, novelty versions of water towers or farm silos have also been constructed.


Brooks Catsup water tower


Blue Whale of Catoosa


Mortar-and-pestle chemist's shop


"Mammy's Cupboard" on Hwy 61, Mississippi



See also Sleep#Exotic hotels
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