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Rivercroft Farm

Rivercroft, a Second Empire farm house in Maine. This wonderful Second Empire style house is a beautifully maintained rural example built in 1873. It replaced a Federal style house on this farm which was moved to another location. The same family has farmed this property for seven generations and continues on today.

Built from Maine to California, the Second Empire style is identified primarily by its Mansard roof and shares many features with the Italianate style. The roof form was typically called a French roof in the 19th century.

Second Empire is one of 25 styles and types described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Understanding your house‚Äôs character-defining features will give you the information you need to prioritize the preservation of the most important features while making changes necessary for modern life in an old house.

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 page, Shop – Your Historic House.

It is the perfect holiday gift for the historic house lover on your list! Gift wrapping available.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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