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What exactly is Italianate?

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When we found our house, one of our first troubles was trying to pinpoint what style it was. I kept calling it “a square Victorian”, which was a good enough explanation for most people. But we wanted to be more precise in our descriptions, so I went googling for sites that could help us.

Most helpful were:
Old House Web – Architectural Housing Styles
Architectural House Styles on

Here are some good descriptions of the Italianate style:

Some Italianate features found in our house include:

  • The bay window on the right-front side
  • Wide cornice with decorative brackets
  • Two-stories
  • Flat-roofed with a square cupola
  • The windows are tall with slightly curved top moldings

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