During the 1840s when the Victorian era architecture in the United States lived its golden age, Italianate style became as so popular as marvelous. Most houses were built in the period up to 1875.
Thouse houses ith low roofs, wide eaves, and especially decorative brackets under the roof was gladly accepted by people of the USA. Often this house also had a small tower with a dome on the roof, which was panoramically glazed.
The style quickly spread throughout the United States with the help of large amounts of published brochures (cataloges), with which ones you can order individual items or even the entire project of the house by mail.
History of Italianate style of architecture
Italianate style originated in Britain in the early 1840s. For the previous 200 years, English homes are usually built in a very formal and classic style without any major changes. But in the wake of a variety of popular and social movements related to the complete rethinking lifestyles began to change and architecture.
In the US, the builders were trying to recreate the Italian villas of the Renaissance had on the basis of Victorian architecture and local, familiar materials. As a result, it is the US style Italiante received the greatest recognition.
Italian architecture in the United States did not know of class boundaries. High tower on the house soon became a sign not only of houses for hereditary aristocrats, but also for people just risen from the lowest stratum of society. Thanks to the new methods of machine production.
Sources say that Italianate style became a favorite for two reasons:
– Houses in this style were built of different building materials, different for each region. Thats why they are accessible for people with modest budgets, who used what was cheaply in their city;
– New technologies in the production of iron allowed to decorate the house presentable and inexpensive very simply.
Italianate style was of the most popular, untill 1870s. It also was popular among the public architecture. Train stations, town halls, libraries in Italianate style, you can find all over the US.
After the 1870s, architectural fashion turned to the later Victorian styles such as Queen Anne.
Features Italianate style:
Low or even flat roof
Tall, narrow windows with top moldings, often arched
Wide, overhanging eaves with beautiful decorative brackets
Large double front doors, sometimes with glass over them or on both sides