1029. 1106 W. Superior - Italian Renaissance Revival

c. 1920 This home is unique, as its style is very rare within the Old Silk Stocking neighborhood. The broad cornice with carved round arches that form brackets is especially interesting. The large rounded arch window with thick wood dividers, called tracery, is also unique. Elaborate window designs reappear in the supports, columns, and door frames. Yellow brick walls, original windows with brick windowsills and watertable are also historic features of the home. Identified by its box-like shape and low-pitched, hip roof, the front facade is usually as tall as it is wide. In its most simple form, it is also as deep as it is wide--creating a cube. A wing may be added to the cube, but it is set back from the front facade. If a tower is included, the building would be classified as an Italianate Villa style from roughly the same time period as the Italianate. (Renaissance Revival: This style was popular during two separate phases. The first phase, or the First Renaissance Revival, was from 1840 to 1885, and the Second Renaissance Revival, which was characterized by larger and more elaborately decorated buildings, was from 1890 to 1915. Characteristics include round-arched windows, covered walkways or porches formed by rows of arches resting on columns, and prominent cornices. Due to the expensive materials required for this elaborate style, Renaissance Revival was best suited for public and commercial buildings, and grand homes for the wealthy.) (Italianate: Italianate houses, which appeared between 1850 and 1880, can be quite ornate despite their solid square shape. Features include symmetrical bay windows in front; small chimneys set in irregular locations; tall, narrow, windows; and towers, in some cases.)