Italianate Style

This style dates (1850-1895).

Based on Italian villas, this style was a contrast to the orderly neoclassical designs. First popularized by pattern books, large-scale Italianate houses were favored by wealthy industrialists after the Civil War.

Characteristics include:
• square bodies (symmetrical or asymmetrical)
• flat or shallow roof lines with bracketed cornices
• vertical orientation
• tall, narrow windows, often paired or tripled
• decorative trim around windows and doors
• sometimes a square tower or cupola on the roof