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Bangor, Maine Italianate House

A lovely Italianate house in Bangor, Maine. Although the Italianate and Gothic Revival styles are known for introducing romantic irregular asymmetrical silhouettes to American homes, with towers, porches, bay windows, and other elements that broke up the simple rectangular box of earlier houses, the Italianate style also appeared in restrained symmetrical forms.

This side-gable house with a three-bay facade is a good example. Only the bay window on the side elevation breaks the symmetry. Not seen in this view is a long two-story ell extending from the rear and an attached carriage house.

The Italianate style got a toehold before the Civil War and took off after the war, with examples of the style appearing in all parts of the United States. This example is in Maine, but similar houses can be found across the country.

Understanding the style, or styles, of a house will help you identify which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

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

The award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers. Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save with multi-book combo packs!

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