Italian Renaissance Architecture

Italian Renaissance Style Home, Stone Legends cast stone project

The style was first seen originally in Florence during the 19th century. There was a revival Italian Renaissance architecture that paralleled the Gothic Revival in more recent times.

Italian Renaissance Style Home, Stone Legends cast stone project

Italian Renaissance Style Home, Stone Legends cast stone project

The front entry of the home in the previous photo, this three story entry is one of Stone Legends most detailed single units

Renaissance buildings have a square, symmetrical plan, with symmetrical façades around their vertical center. Churchs are generally surmounted by a pediment and columns, in addition to arches and entablatures. Columns and windows often show a progression towards the center. Homes in this style are often surmounted by a cornice.

The Roman orders of columns are used: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite. The columns can either be structural, or decorative, set against a wall as pilasters. Domes are used frequently as well. Windows may be paired and set within a semi-circular arch. They may have square lintels and triangular pediments. Furthermore the corners of buildings are often marked by quoins.

Italian Renaissance Style Home, Stone Legends cast stone project

Italian Renaissance Style Home, Stone Legends cast stone project

Two photos of another Italian Renaissance style home. This home also includes features of other architectural styles, such as the circular entry surround.

Italian Renaissance Style Home, Stone Legends cast stone project

All these homes have rounded windows below and square top above, although some mix this around. All have similar roofs and columns and an alcove around the front door. This home is perhaps the smallest of the preceding examples and most basic design, but the elements of the style are very clear.

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