Restrained Italianate

This restrained Italianate style house in Maine was built c. 1865. The cross-gable roof form, side porch with square columns leading to the primary entrance, prominent bay window on the facade, arched window in the gable, brackets at the eaves, and flat hoods on the windows are all typical of the style. The denticulated cornice and tripartite window on the second story of the facade give this example an extra touch of Classical detailing.

Italianate is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated with character defining features for each style keyed to the photos in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The 720-page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book was written to help people who want appreciate historic houses. It will help you to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features while making it functional for life in the 21st century.

It is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this page, Shop – Your Historic House.

It is the perfect holiday gift for the old house lover on your list!

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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