This is one of Janesville's more elegant examples of the Italianate style, built in 1864. Thomas Lappin, the owner, was Janesville's first merchant.
The Italianate style (1850-1885) is based on
the architecture of Renaissance Italy, particularly rural houses of Tuscany. It
was a very popular style in America before the Civil War, and there are many
varieties in Janesville, ranging from stone mansions to one-story cottages.
Narrow clapboard siding clad the exterior of most examples, such as the Thomas
Lappin House, but cream brick and stone were employed at the William M. Tallman