A “ranchburger” might be a hamburger served with ranch dressing. In the housing industry, a “ranchburger” is a ranch-style home that seems “cookie-cutter,” like hamburgers. “McMansion” is a later, similar term for a more expensive modern home.
a blandly rendered cookie-cutter style of American house, which is found primarily in suburban american towns.
That subdivision is full of ranchburgers, I need to live someplace with some soul.
by j.tonic Feb 16, 2005
ranchburger n. A traditional, one-story ranch-style house, particularly one in a suburban development where the surrounding houses have a similar design. Also: ranch-burger, ranch burger.
Such Ox-Bow incidentals are to be expected in this “back porch country” of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle region, now mostly hardscrabble and pocked with more characterless “prefab ranchburgers” than in its renowned oil-rich or cattle country days.
—Gordon Hauptfleisch, “Hogman, Pass By,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, December 15, 2002
What has the ‘’modern’’ stolen from the average house? And is it comfort that is missing? I cannot think so. What, instead, has been scorned for some time is any serious consideration of bourgeois taste. The architectural historian and critic Colin Rowe called one favorite design ‘’the ranchburger,’’ and now such buildings get from the critics little better than bites.
—William H. Gass, “Making ourselves comfortable,” The New York Times, August 3, 1986
Kell Pollard sent me this word, and noted that the name comes from those ubiquitous ranch houses (also called ranchers or ramblers) that, in neighborhoods around the country, have been “replicated with the zeal of McDonald’s hamburgers.” I’m lovin’ it!
(Oxford English Dictionary)
1. a. A hut or house in the country.
1808 PIKE Sources Mississ. III. (1810) 254 When we arrived at the Ranche, we soon had out a number of boys, who brought in the horse. 1867 DIXON New Amer. iv. (ed. 6) 42 A white frame houseon this side of the river called a ranchpeeps out..from beneath the foliage.
1. b. A single-storey or split-level house.
1960 ‘E. MCBAIN’ Killer’s Payoff xi. 111 Some real estate agent had decided to give the title ‘ranch’ to any house that had all of its living space on one floor. 1965 H. HOOD in Tamarack Review Winter 12 Our house was the first California-redwood ranch in the town of Mount Royal.
Design and the Production of Houses
by Burnham Kelly
New York: McGraw-Hill
He has generally been responsible for developing, or at least adopting, the prototypes of our variously styled and built present-day houses, be they Georgian, Cape Cod, contemporary, or even ranchburger.
As I Was Saying: Recollections and Miscellaneous Essays
by Colin Rowe
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press
In effect, they were designs for dinky little ranchburgers, with a miserable entourage of hollyhocks, delphiniums, etc.
Across the Open Field: Essay Drawn from English Landscapes
by Laurie Olin
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press
These transplanted American ranch-burger houses clearly represent a dream of a world of comfort, central heating, appliances, and modernity to an enormous number of people in Europe and the rest of the world.
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