Italianate Entry

Italianate doors and door hood on a Federal style house spotted on an evening walk around town.

Built for a ship builder in the Federal style, this house was updated with an Italianate style entryway approximately 60 years later – possibly at the time it become home to the president of the local paper company, whose mill was just down the hill. The house stayed in the family of that man until just a few years ago.

Federal style was the first style of the American republic after gaining independence from Great Britain (where the style was developed). The Italianate style arrived in the U.S. before the Civil War and took off after the war, with examples of the style appearing in all parts of the United States.

Federal and Italianate are two of the 25 styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. Understanding the style (or styles) of a house is the foundation for a good restoration plan.

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