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The Italianate style was popularized in the United States by Alexander Jackson Davis in the 1840s as an alternative to GOTHIC REVIVAL ARCHITECTURE. A tower was often incorporated hinting at the Italian belvedere. Its popularity was due to its being suitable for many different building materials and budgets, as well as the development of cast-iron and press-metal technology making the production of decorative elements like the brackets and cornices more efficient. However, the style was replaced in popularity in the late 1870s by QUEEN ANNE ARCHITECTURE.
Italianate Architecture. Wikipedia. Online: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italianate_architecture
Architectural Style Guide. Online: http://www.historicnewengland.org/preservation/your-older-or-historic-home/architectural-style-guide#federal-adam-1780-1820