in San Francisco
Photographed 31 January 2012
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The Italian Villa style was inspired by villas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lombardy.
The most striking feature of the Italian Villa is the tall tower which is located either at the middle of
the façade or at one end.
The Italian Villa shares many characteristic with the contemporaneous Italianate style.
The Italian Villa style is typically asymmetrical while the Italianate style emphasizes symmetry. Italian Villa have towers and are free-standing.
Italianate buildings lack towers, and while they are often free-standing, the style was popular for urban row houses in cities such as
San Francisco and New York.
Distinctive features of the Italian villa:
- asymmetrical massing
- tall tower
- low pitched roof which resembles the pediment of a classical temple
- projecting eaves with large brackets
- grouped windows with rounded or straight tops
- smooth stucco finish with exuberant ornamentation
- arched loggia
- rectangular bay
- pedimented window heads
- belt course
Italian Villa Buildings Sequenced By Year and Name
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|Casebolt House||1865||2727 Pierce Street||San Francisco|
|Kruger House ||1874||10292 Donner Pass Road||Truckee||Combines elements of Greek Revival and Italian Villa styles.|
|Nightingale House ||1882||201 Buchanan Street ||San Francisco||Combines elements of Eastlake Style, Carpenter Gothic, Second Empire and Italian Villa styles.|
|McHenry Mansion ||1883||906 15th Street||Modesto||Finest example of the Italianate style in Modesto.|
|Gable Mansion||1885||659 First Street||Woodland||One of the last Italianate villas of its style, size, and proportion in California.|
|Westerfeld House||1889||1198 Fulton Street||San Francisco||On Alamo Square, one of the most photographed houses in San Francisco, combines elements of the Italian Villa and Stick styles.|
|Brix Mansion||1911||2844 Fresno Street ||Fresno||The only pure Italian villa in Fresno.|