University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Division of Agriculture


Trend adoption, Arkansas, historical district


Architecture is a reflection of what is happening in the larger cultural, economic, and artistic scene. Therefore, understanding regional variations in trend adoption is significant to understanding the relationship of Fayetteville, Ark., to the larger national context. Local architecture is a reflection of the citizens of Fayetteville as consumers of popular culture. Simultaneous adoption theory was used as the framework of this study. The project objectives were to 1) document significant architectural styles within designated historical districts and nearby areas, and 2) compare local stylistic trends with national trends to determine fit. Findings indicate that Fayetteville lagged behind the national trend in architectural styles during its early years but that increased transportation connections and the establishment of the University of Arkansas may have helped to move the area into the mainstream.