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Italianate Italian Villa - 1531 Liberty Street

The Italian Villa style, a subgroup of Italianate, differs from the common Italianate in that most Italianates are simple boxy structures. The Italian Villa Style, however, is generally high, irregular and asymmetrical, as in this example.

The Italian Villa style can also be identified by its full height tower. Though many Italianate structures have a rooftop pavilion, in the Italian Villa Style the tower is, or appears to, extend to the ground.

This home also displays details common to all Italianates, such as a four sided hip roof with wide overhanging eaves supported by large wooden brackets. Tall, narrow single-paned sash windows sport decorative crowns. Turned wooden columns support the porch roof.

Originally built to shelter horse drawn carriages, the wide porte cochere on the right side, is beautifully detailed with an elliptical trim band above the opening that echoes the curves of the small second story porch roof and its side supports. Three arched windows on the third floor enhance such curvilinear details.

The narrow wrought iron platform atop the tower is a also a standard decorative feature of the Italianate Style.