According to historymania.com, McMansions first became popular in the 1980s, and were popular through the 1990s. During the second half of the 1990s, America had its “longest sustained stretch of economic growth” (enotes.com). The increase in wealth and the attitude of the American people at the time encouraged the development of mansions that had little other purpose than flaunting wealth. Since the Great Recession, we have seen people move away from these superfluous models.
According to the really interesting article/slideshow below, the economy started to do really, really well in the 1980s, and the increase of wealth in the population was reflected in huge houses that started to pop up to reflect an increase in status and as a means to celebrate the “bigness” architecture could achieve with this new wealth. Often the architects behind these huge homes have ambition but lack skill to pull off a successful piece of architecture.
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