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    What Architectural Style is This Building?

    It seems as if all the original buildings in my region are of this type.





    By the way, the building pictured is the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. According to Wikipedia it is "the oldest and most comprehensive museum in the United States devoted to a single immigrant ethnic group." Bet the only things devoted to a single group that most people have heard of are the government funded holocaust and mexican things, right?

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    It looks like some half way point between Classical and Victorian brick buildings to me, but i wouldnt quote me on that

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    Typical Italianate Style architecture, a somewhat strange choice for a Norwegian-American museum.

    In fact this particular one, with its numerous balconies, resembles the gothic palaces seen in the city of Venice.

    Most Italianate architecture here in the states was never as elaborate as the originals, and were meant more as hints or suggestions.

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    Italianate? Interesting, wonder why they would pick that style. Nearly all of the oldest buildings are like that. Personally, I think that style looks kind of nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorseWarrior View Post
    Italianate? Interesting, wonder why they would pick that style. Nearly all of the oldest buildings are like that. Personally, I think that style looks kind of nice.
    So then you already have your explanatory.

    "Italianate buildings in America were not built by or for Italian families. Actually, there were few Italian people in the U.S. at this time, but the idea of rural Italy was romanticized by Americans and by America's early European-educated architects.

    The Italianate style, along with the Gothic Revival, began in England as part of the Picturesque movement, a reaction to the formal classical ideals in art and architecture that had been fashionable for about two hundred years

    The movement (popularized by Andrew Jackson Downing's pattern books) emphasized rambling, informal Italian farmhouses, with their characteristic square towers , as models for Italian-style villa architecture"

    http://architecturestyles.blogspot.com/2008/03/italianate-style.html

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