Victorian Italianate (1850-1880)

02 December 2013 . Tags: ,

• Asymmetrical
• Roof is usually shallow and made from slate or corrugated iron
• Facades consisting of walls decoratively rendered (stucco)
• Verandas featuring cast iron lacework
• . Often have towers
• Double-hung windows with timber and usually decorative window hoods
• Usually have semi octagonal projecting front room.
• Often multi-storied
• Ornamental chimneys
• Four-panel doors
• Mosaic tile or marble porch and hall floors.

The Victorian Italianate style was copied from the British who had borrowed it from the grand country houses of the Italian Renaissance. The houses have a highly decorative facade with classical ornamentation, representative of the then Italian modes of building and design.  Australia, relatively remote and isolated was not as heavily influenced by the Italianate phase as other countries were.

Lethington in Summer Hill, built by William Fowler in 1883. 

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