All a builder had to do is flip through one of the many pat- tern books to find building plans for an Italian inspired home.
Builders would start with a plan or familiar – shaped house and then add a few Italianate details.
The mostly brick and wood the exteriors were usually flat and sometimes stuccoed. The majority of these houses were not considered high style or custom designed but were very popular from 1840 to the late 1800s.They were usually two or three stories with tall narrow windows that were sometimes curved or arched at the top. They have a low pitched roof with wide over- hanging eaves that included decorative support brackets. Most roofs also had a square cupola or tower with windows.