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.
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