Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Italianate

Spotted on my road trip… an urban Italianate in Pittsburgh, PA.

This lovely Italianate house sited on a narrow city lot was likely built between the 1860s and 1880s. The 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. Queen Victoria’s use of the style for her country villa, Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight popularized the style in the U.K and U.S.

Like a number of other 19th century houses in the Mexican War Streets neighborhood and surrounding areas of Pittsburgh, the house has a full width front porch. This is different from the typical stoop of urban houses in greater New York or the small portico found in many other places. Such locally distinctive elements are character-defining features.

Understanding the style of a house and will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

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

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