Inspired by the classically-influenced architecture of Italian cities and countryside, Italianate style enjoyed an American revival throughout the 19th century.
The style adapted well to grandly scaled mansions as well as more modest row homes, and can be seen in cities throughout the country. Classically proportioned facades display more symmetry than the Victorian homes of the same era, but may be livened up with bays and cupolas. Low-pitched roofs supported by elaborate brackets are the hallmark of the Italianate style, along with tall, paired windows to shed light on the interior. Today’s Italianate house plans embody luxury, whether designed on a grand or small scale.
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