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ItalianteAlthough I wanted to keep my posts seasonally appropriate, I decided to take a detour and post about what I really love about century homes….Architecture.

I have had the privilege of owning a wonderful Queen Anne Victorian, complete with turrets and the wonderful characteristics of a Victorian home…truly Trish Romance worthy. No complaints what so ever. However, I have always been intrigued with the Victorian Italianate Style, developed in the early 1800’s. Victorian Italianate houses are usually 2+ stories high, with generous eaves and elaborate cornice brackets. Some of our southern neighbours refer to them as ‘Four Square’. Many have flat or low pitch roofs, some with a cupola on the roof, which was also used as a “widow’s walk”. This style was also incorporated in to many commercial buildings which can still be spotted through-out Ontario, urban or rural. One of the things I love about this style of Victorian is the massive size of windows and elaborate exterior window trim. Ceilings heights are high on all levels. Most Victorian Italianate homes have a central hall plan with 3+ bedrooms. A wonderful functional design.