Italianate Style (1840-1880)

Defining Elements of the Italianate Style:

  • One to three stories in height.
  • Low pitched roof with wide overhanging eaves. Vernacular examples may have a gable roof with the gable end facing the street.
  • Modillions or cornice brackets supporting the overhanging eaves.
  • Usually an asymmetrical fa├žade.
  • Side hall or center hall plans.
  • Decorate quoins at the corners.
  • Projecting bays, one or two stories in height and elevated porches are very common.
  • Tall narrow windows, some arched or curved at the top. Sometimes paired. 2/2 sashes are common.
  • Double entry doors some with arched tops or etched glass.
  • Projecting hoods supported by brackets above doors and windows.
  • Cupola or tower.
  • Wood frame or masonry construction.

Examples of Italianate Architecture in Greater Portland: