Italianate Architecture in Europe and Australia

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John Nash made a huge name for himself all throughout England and Wales when it came to designing new Italianate structures. Heavily influenced by Italian villas, he made this feature the primary focus of the majority of his buildings.

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This helps to distinguish his style from many of the other architects that made the Italianate style their own. Perhaps one of the reasons Nash became so popular is because he took so long to truly develop his own style. Many of his earlier pieces were a mish mash of other architects interpretations of the Italianate style, never having anything particularly characteristic of himself; but when he found himself as a designer, he made his mark.

Some other architects dabbled in this style as well

Some other architects dabbled in this style as well, despite having already made a name for themselves in other styles. One perfect example of this is Sir Charles Berry, who had made his name known for creating the House of Parliament building that we know today.

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Some of the more popular points of Italianate architecture are series of columns and arches decorating the front of the buildings, exemplary of the Italian Renaissance style, and an abundance of balconies accented by wrought iron and stone. These are elements of design that have stayed prominent throughout history, coming in and out of style — but always returning eventually. Many designers feel that the Italiante style is a solid, memorable and beautiful design choice.

The Italianate style was also very popular in Australia, specifically for homes of governors. One very significant feature of the Australian architecture is its use of white and ivory for the exterior of the buildings. This gives them a much cleaner look, while still giving a nod to its ancient influences.

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