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Mansard Monday, Lancaster, NH

Mansard Monday ~ A lovely Second Empire style house located in Lancaster, NH.

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.

This example combines convex and concave roof forms in its sophisticated Mansard design.

Understanding the style of a house will help you understand which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

Second Empire is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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

It is the perfect holiday gift for the old house lover on your list!

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.

Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

Want to learn more about historic house styles? “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester is the classic volume on the subject and is available in our shop.

And check out our 2022 Historic House Calendar in the shop. Spend the year with 13 of the most popular houses from this page!

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