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Italian Villa style


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Eclectic style used for C19 domestic buildings originating with Nash and other architects. Its main characteristics were very low-pitched roofs (sometimes hipped) with wide overhanging eaves (often supported on ornamented brackets or mutules), asymmetrical compositions, windows that were sometimes treated as aedicules but just as often had semicircular heads influenced by the fashionable Rundbogenstil, square towers, often with a loggia, and an arcaded or colonnaded element connecting it with the garden. Nash's Cronkhill, Salop. (c.1802), Schinkel's and Persius's Court Gardener's House, Potsdam (1829–33), and ‘Greek’ Thomson's villas in and around Glasgow are good examples.

Gomme & Walker (1987);Wasmuth (ed.)& Muthesius (1987)

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