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Post 19th Century Southern Ontario Part 3: Italianate

19th Century Southern Ontario

Part 1: Georgian, Neo-Classical, Regency
Part 2: Gothic Revival
Part 4: Second Empire
Part 5: Queen Anne, Romanesque
Part 6: Late Victorian urban housing



Part 3: Italianate

The Italianate style was popular from the about the 1850s to the 1880s. As with Gothic Revival, many Italianate farmhouses can be seen on a drive along one of Ontario's old highways, however, Italianate is found extensively in cities as well (though curiously I haven't seen that much Italianate in Toronto). The distinguishing features of Italianate houses are gently sloped roofs with wide overhangs and double brackets, and tall windows with "eyebrow-like" decorations on top.


Amherstburg



Welland





Guelph




Elora


Niagara-On-The-Lake



Oakville





Stratford







Wallaceburg



Ridgetown



Sarnia



Dundas



Ancaster






Italianate houses are found extensively in Hamilton and London, but the results are very different in each of these cities.

Hamilton

Italianate adapts well to urban formats










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Now London's Italianate:





























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Nice pictures. Italianate seems to remind me more of western New York more than Ontario, but the Italianate houses in the small towns in New York are typically wood, not stone or brick like in the small towns in Ontario.

I don't remember your Ridgetown thread; when was that?

I can't believe a Flar thread went this long without a reply.
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Nice pictures. Italianate seems to remind me more of western New York more than Ontario, but the Italianate houses in the small towns in New York are typically wood, not stone or brick like in the small towns in Ontario.

I don't remember your Ridgetown thread; when was that?

I can't believe a Flar thread went this long without a reply.
The western NY influence can be seen in the Niagara region, where there are more wooden houses. Same for the parts of Ontario near the Michigan border. The Italianate style is widespread, Michigan has some great examples (mostly wood, of course, but some brick). A couple examples from Marine City, not far from my hometown:






The rest of Marine City, MI is in this thread: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=157766

Ridgetown, ON is in this thread: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=151330
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Beautiful! There are some real gems there. Thanks for sharing.
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Love this architecture style. I always have a hard time identifying Italianate though; I know it when i see a clear example but sometimes it is confusing.
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Love this architecture style. I always have a hard time identifying Italianate though; I know it when i see a clear example but sometimes it is confusing.
I picked pretty clear examples for this tour, but in reality people often mix styles so it can be really hard to tell. There are many examples where one architecture book will call a house one style and another book will call it a different style. One thing I notice a lot are later additions that don't really match the original style.
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This one's magical. But I don't recognize it. Where is it?

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^^That house is on Blake St. I think, in the St.Clair/Blakely area near St. Peter's Hospital. That area is undiscovered country for many Hamiltonians, it's actually one of the nicest neighbourhoods in the city, truly a hidden gem that is worth exploring. Most of it is early 20C but there are a number of very nice Victorians in that area. Here is another Italianate home nearby:

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^^That house is on Blake St. I think, in the St.Clair/Blakely area near St. Peter's Hospital. That area is undiscovered country for many Hamiltonians, it's actually one of the nicest neighbourhoods in the city, truly a hidden gem that is worth exploring. Most of it is early 20C but there are a number of very nice Victorians in that area. Here is another Italianate home nearby:
Yep, that neighbourhood has some terrific houses and charming streets. Problem is, Main Street is a highway, and the retail options along it are decidedly uninspired. Shame, really.
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Yep, that neighbourhood has some terrific houses and charming streets. Problem is, Main Street is a highway, and the retail options along it are decidedly uninspired. Shame, really.
It will be interesting to see what happens with the underutilized retail strips on that section of King and Main if LRT and two-way conversion happen.
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Those Italianates are impressive. I especially love the one at Elora.
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My favorites! We have them here in Denver and they are just as pleasing on the inside, at least they were when built! Great photos!
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I used to live in an Italianate house built in the 1870s in Wooster, OH... sadly it was divided into 4 apartments... and the other three were inhabited by cranky, evil 50-somethings... they would preemptively intercept my visitors and yell at them for parking in the wrong area

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