Gorgeous Second Empire

A gorgeous Second Empire house in Bangor, Maine, built during the city’s heyday as “The Lumber Capital of the World.” This example features wood flush board siding cut to resemble ashlar stone blocks and a fabulous bell-curve gable centered on the convex Mansard roof with fish scale slate shingles. The city has a number of Second Empire houses with the unusual bell-curve gable feature.

America’s tradition of building homes with wood is frequently noted and commented upon by visitors from other countries, where masonry construction is the norm. Few nations have had the abundancy of the vast old-growth forests found in North America by European settlers. This natural resource shaped the construction patterns of the U.S. and Canada. Our rich heritage of historic wood houses are an important part of the character of our nation and worthy of preservation.

All aspects of the repair and restoration of wood houses, from initial condition assessment to finish coat painting, are covered in Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.

The 720 page award-winning and best selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in the shop on this site, click here: https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/

 It is the perfect holiday gift for the old house lover in your life! Gift wrapping is available.

Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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