style was a less expressive form of architecture than the Queen
Anne, and provided a more restrained approach to Victorian era housing.
Lacking the turret and gingerbread decorations of the
Queen Anne, the Italianate relied on highly detailed elements such
as frequently paired eave brackets.
Based on Classical Revival models, symmetry was an early defining
design element of the Italianate, although offset porches and irregular
plans occurred later. Also associated with this style were Second
Empire houses with their characteristic mansard roofs, a double-pitched
roof with the lower section being significantly steeper than the
What to look for....
- symmetrical treatment of plan and elevations
- low pitched roof and deep overhanging eaves
- entrance tower, but not in form of turret
- verandahs and porches extremely common
- bay windows
- variety of large double hung windows and round-headed windows
- classically influenced columns and pilasters
- extensive use of decorative mouldings