Italianate Ferrell-Holt House

The brick Italianate style Ferrell-Holt House is located in Moundsville, West Virginia and was built in 1877. Originally owned by dry goods merchant Richard Ferrell, it was sold to prominent attorney J. Howard holt in 1890.

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 example with a low hipped roof on a nearly symmetrical cubical block. The heavy window and door hoods and paired eave brackets are typical features of the style.

The Italianate style got a toehold before the Civil War, popularized in part by its use for Queen Victoria’s summer retreat Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. It really took off after the war, with examples of the style appearing in all parts of the United States.

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