Lovely Italianate Mansion

This lovely Italianate mansion in Portland, Maine was designed by architect Francis Fassett and built in 1866. The Mansard roof on the central bay of the facade gives it a touch of Second Empire style, but the primary roof is hipped and the house is classified as Italianate. It is not unusual for a house to one or more elements from a style other than its primary identity.

The bit of flare in the concave curve of the Mansard portion of the roof gives the house a lot more presence than it would have if the simple hipped form had been continued around the projecting center bay. The arch-topped dormer window helps by drawing the eye up to the the roof here. The rounded projecting bay window at the second story adds to the effect.

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