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Italianate Villa

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 27 January 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Of all the homes built during the Victorian era, the romantic Italianate style became the most popular. With their nearly-flat roofs, wide eaves, and massive brackets like those seen here, these homes suggested the romantic villas of Renaissance Italy. The Italianate style is also known as Tuscan, Lombard, or bracketed.

Italianate architecture knew no class boundaries. The high square towers made the style a natural choice for upscale homes of the newly rich. However the brackets and other architecture details, made affordable by new methods for machine production, were easily applied to simple cottages.

Italianate remained the preferred house style in the USA until the 1870s. After the 1870s, architectural fashion turned toward late Victorian styles such as Queen Anne. This home was spotted in Geneva, Illinois.

Photo captured January 16, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/200 second F/9.0 ISO 100 26 mm

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Very cool. It must be nice to live in an area with so much great architecture.

27 Jan 2012 5:05am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Very stately and especially so in B&W.

27 Jan 2012 6:39am

Albert from Sweden, living in Hamburg, Germany

Nice BW. Simple in a good sense.

27 Jan 2012 7:24am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Nicely composed frame - well done

27 Jan 2012 7:46am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

27 Jan 2012 8:20am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A fine example which sits nicely in your snow, good choice to go black and white.

27 Jan 2012 9:04am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Indeed, a very distinctive style . . the high ceilings and tall windows must make for such gracious living. Most of us, now, live in homes designed by accountants.

27 Jan 2012 9:20am

Florence from Paris, France

A very nice house indeed. I would love to live here !

27 Jan 2012 9:40am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb composition - a grand and attractive style of architecture.

27 Jan 2012 11:11am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A superb capture of this beautiful and very elegant home. This photo works beautifuly in b&w. The contrast between dark and light brings out so much detail in this image and the winter atmosphere. Well done !!

27 Jan 2012 11:16am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I like how b/w makes it stand out.

27 Jan 2012 11:35am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
i like it

27 Jan 2012 12:50pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A very beautiful framing . Superb photo !

27 Jan 2012 12:58pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wonderful image. The owner would probably appreciate an enlargement.

27 Jan 2012 4:12pm

franz from Baden, Austria

glad to see the old lady sitting there in all her splendor! very beautifully and effectively captured!

27 Jan 2012 5:16pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!!

27 Jan 2012 5:26pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Amongst my very favorite architectural styles, and very handsomely depicted in this gorgeous old building and your elegant black and white framing.

28 Jan 2012 12:39am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful image. What a lovely home. I like the architecture. I think my favorite thing is the front porch. I have always wanted I front porch where I could sit. Great b&w!

28 Jan 2012 1:09am

Kala from United States

Fantastic composition and your choice of b&w is perfect.

28 Jan 2012 1:40am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I was really excited when I saw your post, Steven. We lived in my in-law's home in NY state in the early 60's in a very similar home. Please click here to see an image I posted a while back.

28 Jan 2012 1:50am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Amazing how similar the two homes are in design!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

stately

28 Jan 2012 2:44am

tataray from france, France

Très belle... en N/B)

28 Jan 2012 1:12pm

Sarah from Tehran, Iran

Nice frame! :)

28 Jan 2012 5:56pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Between this and empire style they are my favourites, and both are rare to see much of anymore.
There is no mistaking that this is a very much loved home, the restraint of the Christmas decoration
heightens the period feel, the romantic villas of Renaissance Italy come into focus. The wonderful
Regency style in the very early 1800's had turned into the Italianate style by the 1840's with a few
picturesque adjustments. Magnificent find and beautiful photograph, the home draws the viewer in !~

28 Jan 2012 9:10pm

@Phil David Morris, 2012: Many thanks, Phil!

Stefanie from Paris, France

Wow. So beautiful. Would love to live there, but in Italy.

29 Jan 2012 10:39am

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..what a great find, nicely done..

29 Jan 2012 5:17pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

The White House =) Excellent capture!

29 Jan 2012 11:27pm