"a mighty rank of Italianate façades"

The Italianate style of architecture was a nineteenth-century version of the classical style, first developed in England by the architect John Nash around 1802 and later promoted by Sir Charles Barry in the 1830s, although the latter is perhaps best known for his involvement in the Gothic Palace of Westminster. It synthesised Italian Renaissance architecture with contemporary aesthetics, and was a popular choice for those wishing to emphasise the imperial grandeur of nineteenth century Britain.