An Italianate Style Villa

An Italianate style villa in New England. The Italianate and Gothic Revival styles are known for introducing romantic asymmetrical silhouettes to American homes, with towers, porches, bay windows, and other elements that broke up the simple rectangular box of earlier houses. Popularized by plan books by Andrew Jackson Downing and others, the style spread from coast to coast.

This is a nice example of the “villa” form, with a tower tucked into the angle of the cross-gable plan. The style got a toehold before the Civil War and took off after the war. Understanding what style your house is and what the significant characteristics of the that style are is essential to planning a good restoration.

The restoration of this house in the 1980s triggered the revival of its neighborhood. Then surrounded by vinyl siding and abandoned brick mansions, most of its neighbors are now restored.

Italianate is one of 25 styles described and illustrated with multiple images in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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