Like many Victorian-era styles, Italianate emphasized vertical proportions
and richly decorative detailing. It was found on residential, commercial,
and industrial structures throughout Colorado from about 1870 up until the
turn of the century.
Italianate is characterized by a low pitched hip roof, wide overhangs, bracketed
cornice, a variety of fenestration (usually very tall, narrow, double-hung,
one-over-one windows), molded window surrounds, and occasionally a cupola
or balustrated balcony. Simple Italianate structures have a hip roof, bracketed
eaves, and molded window surrounds. A more elaborate or high style example
may feature arcaded porches, corner quoins, towers, and ornate detailing.
There are also some Italianate structures that are flat roofed, with a front
bay and entrance, and a decorated cornice.
Here are some designated landmarks in Longmont that are representative of
the Italianate style.