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Brick and wood clapboard were the most common building materials used for Italianate homes with brick being more expensive.
The ornamentation was typically wood and occasionally the brick homes had elaborate, durable cast iron window and door hoods.
By the 1830s, Italianate had spread to the United States, where architects began to transform it into something truly American with only hints of its Italian origin.
Thus, working in this style, architects had a higher degree of artistic freedom than they had in earlier, more rigid styles.
Most American examples of Italianate mix details derived from both informal rural models and formal renaissance town houses.
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Twentieth century Dutch Colonial Revival houses borrow the gambrel roof found on historic Dutch Colonial houses.
Projecting eaves with large brackets in a variety of shapes and spacing dominated the cornice.Window trim had exuberant variations, for example, U-shaped crowns with brackets or pedimented crowns with decorated hoods.Arched and curved windows were popularized in America by the Italianate trend. Paired and single doors were both common, often announcing themselves with a large, elaborate hood supported by brackets.The Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington, Connecticut is a remarkably well-preserved example of New England Colonial residential architecture.Dating from about 1720, the house has many late-medieval features common during the 1600s.
Italianate doors were the first to have large panes of glass in the door itself in lieu of sidelights with small panes.