The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!
The Italianate and Gothic Revival styles introduced romantic irregular asymmetrical silhouettes to American homes, with towers, porches, bay windows, and other elements. But, the Italianate style also appeared in restrained cubical form, as in this villa with a low hipped roof on a symmetrical cubical block with a projecting center bay topped with a pediment. The wonderful side porch with arched openings between the square columns adds a touch of asymmetry to the composition.
Examples of the Italianate style appear in all parts of the United States. This example in Maine is currently for sale. 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.”
Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!