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An Italianate Villa

The Italianate and Gothic Revival styles introduced romantic asymmetrical silhouettes to American homes, with towers, porches, bay windows, and other elements that broke up the simple rectangular box of earlier houses. But, the Italianate style also appeared in restrained cubical form, as in this Hallowell, Maine villa with a hipped roof on a symmetrical cubical block topped with a centered gable on the fa├žade to emphasis the entrance bay. Matching two-story bay windows on the side elevations continue the symmetrical form while adding interest to the form and space to the interior. The only asymmetrical aspect of the composition is the porte cochere passing under the porch roof on the left of the house.

Italianate is one of 25 styles described and illustrated with character-defining features keyed to dozens of color photos in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Understanding the style, or styles, of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

The 720-page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book 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, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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