I grew up in a fairly small town in the country in Missouri. The town had about 5,000 people and most of them lived in totally normal wood and brick homes, exactly the kind that you would expect to see in the middle of the country.
There was one guy that was known around town as the local eccentric. He was weird for lots of reasons, but the most visible was that he had a Thai style house built in our town. It was constructed by local builders according to plans that this guy had had special ordered. The house stood out like a sore thumb but the man insisted that it was the most beautiful kind of house and his long time dream to live in one.
He still lives there and people actually go out of their way to stop by and see his house. Its kind of strange but I'm glad that he built it. It gives an otherwise unremarkable place some real character.