Italianate

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Italianate Architecture

The style is derived from Italy’s rambling farmhouses, usually built of masonry, with their characteristic square towers and informal detailing.

The typical Italianate was a two-story building, but examples survive in many variations, from three-story detached homes with towers and cupolas to urban town houses. Italianate houses are identifiable by their wide projecting cornices with heavy brackets and their richly ornamented windows, porches, and doorways. Most American examples of Italianate mix details derived from both informal rural models and formal renaissance town houses.