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Italian Villa (1840-1880)

National Register #83001178: Brix Mansion in Fresno, California Brix Mansion in Fresno
Built 1911
Photographed 25 June 2006
California Historical Landmark 864: Gable Mansion in Woodland Gable Mansion in Woodland
Built 1885
Photographed 11 August 2006
San Francisco Landmark #47: Nightingale House Nightingale House in San Francisco
Built 1882
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
  • balcony

 

Italian Villa Buildings Sequenced By Year and Name
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Name Year Address City Remarks
Casebolt House18652727 Pierce StreetSan Francisco
Kruger House 187410292 Donner Pass RoadTruckeeCombines elements of Greek Revival and Italian Villa styles.
Nightingale House 1882201 Buchanan Street San FranciscoCombines elements of Eastlake Style, Carpenter Gothic, Second Empire and Italian Villa styles.
McHenry Mansion 1883906 15th StreetModestoFinest example of the Italianate style in Modesto.
Gable Mansion1885659 First StreetWoodlandOne of the last Italianate villas of its style, size, and proportion in California.
Westerfeld House18891198 Fulton StreetSan FranciscoOn Alamo Square, one of the most photographed houses in San Francisco, combines elements of the Italian Villa and Stick styles.
Brix Mansion19112844 Fresno Street FresnoThe only pure Italian villa in Fresno.