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Sweet Second Empire House

A sweet Second Empire style house. The Mansard roof form that turns an Italianate style house into a Second Empire style house comes from France and was typically called a “French roof” during the 19th century – when all things Parisian were in vogue. A 1924 photo of this house shows that it is largely … Continue reading Sweet Second Empire House


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