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ITALIAN VILLA (Bracketed or Italianate) ARCHITECTURE. Inspired by Italian farmhouses, Italian Villa was popular in the United States between 1830 and 1880. It is identified by wide-bracketed eaves, off-center towers, balconies, verandas, and bay windows.

The tower is associated with a two-story "T" or "L" shaped floor plan. Walls are smooth; windows, often round-headed, tend to be grouped in twos or threes; and the roof generally has only a slight pitch.

The PANIC OF 1857 and the CIVIL WAR slowed the further development of the style. Examples in Dubuque include the HAM HOUSE and the former home of Frederick WEIGEL.

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