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Property Name Amel H. Koop House
Reference Number 14001014
State Nebraska
County Lancaster
Town Lincoln
Street Address 1401 South 15th Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/2/2014
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The McAlesters point out in A Field Guide to American Houses that while "Most American houses have been built in one of the many architectural styles outlined in the preceding sections..." a smaller number of residences "do not fit neatly into one of these . . . categories but, instead, have characteristics of two or more styles".Many architects and builders experimented with fanciful combinations of . . . styles" Richard Longstreth argues that among the most experienced architects, this was not random experimentation, but rather was based on a recognition that "given the enormous amount of historical information that had been discovered during the last hundred years [the 19th century]," architectural innovation as an "unconscious process"was conceded to be forever lost." Instead, universal design principles could be derived from an understanding of diverse periods, and "By drawing from a variety of sources and synthesizing them into designs that were decisively new, the architects removed their work from ties to a single period or place." He calls this stylistic approach "academic eclecticism" and explains that "It provided ways to expand the possibilities of creative design without abandoning ties to tradition."

In Lincoln, architects such as Ferdinand C. Fiske and George A. Berlinghof brought formal education and developed deep experience through their long practices, and typically designed in a broad range of period revival styles. In the early 20th century, Fiske simultaneously designed Mission Revival, Shingle Style, and Tudor Revival residences, while his school buildings included Neo-classical Revival Whittier Junior High School and Elizabethan Revival Elliott and Prescott Elementary Schools.

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