by rural Italy and introduced by way of England, the Italianate was a national
style in the U.S. by the 1850s and immensely popular up to the Civil War.
Eau Claire has only a few very simple Italianate houses, but Chippewa Falls has many very elaborate versions of this style.
This style was also very popular in commercial architecture during the Victorian era.
What is architecturally distinctive about this house?
Photo: Cook-Rutledge Mansion in Chippewa Falls.
Most Italianate houses have these features:
low, hipped roofs
rounded-headed windows with hood moldings
Created by Randall Conklin, June 10, 1997