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  • 1 Renaissance Revival

    The Renaissance Revival style was a conscious revival of Italian Renaissance architecture, particularly the palazzos of the 15th and 16th centuries. Just as the Gothic style was perceived by western architectural theorists as being the most appropriate style for church buildings, the Renaissance palazzo was seen as a model for secular buildings requiring an appearance of dignity and reliability. Renaissance Revival buildings have tightly contained volumes and are symmetrical in composition. They are typically clad in finely cut stone, cast stone or terra cotta. Characteristics include: rusticated quoins; windows framed with architraves; doors supporting entablatures or pediments; and a string course that may separate the first from upper floors. More ornate and sophisticated Renaissance Revival buildings may also have domes and campaniles. Renaissance Revival architecture is uncommon among Ontario’s places of worship, though some excellent examples exist in southern Ontario. While uncommon, these buildings tend to be well-designed and stand out as unique in their communities.

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