Renaissance Revival

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Like its predecessor, Italianate, the Renaissance Revival Style was inspired by the Renaissance buildings of Italy, though the style also covers French Revival structures as well. The style was popular from roughly the 1880s through the 1920s. Features of this style include distinct horizontal divisions—frequently separated by a belt or string course—with different window trim and/or surrounds from floor-to-floor, balustrades, formal design, projecting cornices, and rusticated ground level. In York, there are two great examples of this style: The Hotel Yorktowne and the "Capitol" portion of the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. This architectural style is also called Italian Renaissance Revival, and falls under the Beaux Arts or American Renaissance period of design.

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