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Italianate

This elaborate Victorian era style gained popularity in Vermont in the 1860s and 1870s. Although the distinctive cupola often characterizes the Italianate style, many structures do not have cupolas. However, many other Italianate details are easily identifiable and can be found on both high and low-style structures. The Italianate style derive its design from the elaborate villas of the Italian Renaissance.

The image on the left illustrates a low-style, vernacular Italianate structures. Although very simplified in comparison to the high-style example on the right, the vernacular structure features many common Italianate details.

Italianate Italianate

Vernacular Italianate and High-Style Italianate: Images courtesy of Elizabeth André

The following details are common to the average Italianate style house. The low-style, vernacular Italianate structures typically feature only a few character-defining details, but those details are easily identifiable.

Cube Shape

Cube Shape

Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Cupola

Cupola

Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Brackets Beneath the Cornice, Usually in Pairs

Brackets Beneath Cornice Brackets Beneath Cornice

Images courtesy of Elizabeth André

Flat Roof or Shallow Hipped Roof

Flat Roof

Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Wall Gable

Wall Gable Wall Gable

Images courtesy of Elizabeth André

Elaborate Window Molding, Usually with a 2-Over-2 Window Sash (the window on the right is likely a replacement 1-over-1 sash; the original would have been 2-over-2)

Elaborate Window Molding Elaborate Window Molding

Images courtesy of Elizabeth André

Bracketed Door Hood

Bracketed Door Hood Bracketed Door Hood

Images courtesy of Elizabeth André

Round Window, Particularly within a Gable Peak

Round Window Round Window

Images courtesy of Elizabeth André

Bay Window

Bay Window

Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Front or Side Porch, Usually with Squared Posts and Brackets

Front or Side Porch

Image courtesy of Elizabeth André

Tower with Flat Roof or Mansard Roof (flat top with steep or flared sides)

Tower Tower

Images courtesy of Virginia and Lee McAlester, A Field Guide to American Houses, 2004

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