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Lovely Italianate Style House

A lovely Italianate style house. The Italianate and Gothic Revival styles are known for introducing asymmetrical silhouettes to American homes, sometimes with towers, porches, bay windows, and other elements that broke up the simple rectangular box of earlier houses.

The cross-gabled form seen in this Brunswick, Maine example was popular for Italianate houses, moving away from the simple rectangular box form commonly used with earlier Colonial and Federal style houses. This change began with Greek Revival and accelerated as the 19th century progressed, culminating in the often exuberant and elaborate forms of the Queen Anne and Shingle styles.

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

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 our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject. It is also available in our shop along with select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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