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.
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.
Brackets Beneath the Cornice, Usually in Pairs
Flat Roof or Shallow Hipped Roof
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)
Bracketed Door Hood
Round Window, Particularly within a Gable Peak
Front or Side Porch, Usually with Squared Posts and Brackets
Tower with Flat Roof or Mansard Roof (flat top with steep or flared sides)