The house above was built in the Indian Village area of Detroit, probably for a prominent auto-industry executive. Notice the symmetry, the large eave, the limestone door surround. This is a beautiful example.
This house is one of my favorites. Not only because my company built it, but also because every aspect of this house was built and designed to match how it would have been done in the 1920s or 30s. The original house was a simple one story house built in 1915. Prior owners had found plans dated 1929 inside the walls of the house by local architect Joseph Pelich. The story goes that the owners had plans to do the work in 1930, but two months later the stock market crashed followed by the Depression put the plans on hold and they never did the work. The current owners hired us to do carry out the plans (the new plans incorporated most of the details of the 1929 plans, but updated for today's living).
The entire second story was added, most of the first level was completely gutted and the location of the front door was altered to face the street. This was one of the most challenging jobs we have faced and the outcome is beautiful. It was a fun job, as the architectural plans were very precise, the details immaculate and we had great clients to work with. It is now a landmark house in a beautiful area of Fort Worth. You can find more examples in Betty Lou Phillps book, Inspirations from France & Italy.
Here's another perfect example in Indian Village, Detroit.
The above pictures are other great examples of Italian Renaissance style. The top picture is the famous Vizcaya in Palm Beach. The next is a David Adler designed house in Chicago. The bottom two are of a house in Atlanta designed by Philip Shutze.