Atypical Italianate

An atypical Italianate style house. Can a house be Italianate without eave brackets? This one is.

Although eave brackets are the most common design element of the style, they are not the only element that typifies it. Here, the pedimented and flat window hoods, broad paneled corner boards, tall frieze and deeply overhung low hipped roof, and portico with round columns on low paneled bases are all characteristic features of the style. The diamond panels and windows in the frieze are not typical, they are fabulous.

Popularized by house plan books and it’s use by Queen Victorian for her summer home Osborne House, the Italianate style got a toehold before the Civil War and took off after the war, with examples of the style appearing in all parts of the United States.

Understanding the style of a house and what its character-defining features are should be the first step in planning a restoration. Italianate is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with hundreds of color photos in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 34% off on Amazon!).

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