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This style is inspired by Italian Renaissance villas and palazzos and linked to the picturesque movement. Inigo Jones (1573-1652) was the first architect to bring Italianate architecture to England. British architects Charles Barry (1795-1860) and John Nash (1752-1835) developed and popularized the style. The style borrows classical vocabulary, which tends to be concentrated around the doors and windows. Trademark features of this style include deeply round arches, overhanging eaves and robust eave brackets, shallow roofs, corner quoins and asymmetrical square towers. The Italianate style was a popular style for commercial and residential buildings, but less commonly used for religious buildings in Ontario.

Taken from:

The Ontario Heritage Trust. “Architectural Style.” Ontario Heritage Trust, 27 Mar. 2017,

To learn more:

Blumenson, John. Ontario Architecture: A Guide to Styles and Building 1784 to the Present. Markham, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 1990.

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