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Mansard Monday ~ Wheeling, WV

Mansard Monday ~ spectacular Second Empire house in Wheeling, WV.

The defining feature of a Second Empire style building is the Mansard roof. Typically called a French roof in the U.S. during the 19th century, it was popular when all things French (including the language) were “en vogue” for fashionable middle- and upper-class Americans.

This house has all the bells and whistles of the Second Empire style with a three-color patterned slate Mansard roof the includes a corner turret and dormer balcony. This spectacular roof elevates a nice urban row house to a showstopper.

Every step of the process to restore a house like this is covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” From assessing the house to understand its character-defining features and restoration needs and designing a restoration that prioritizes preserving key features while making it livable in the 21st century. Twenty chapters include detailed information on structural and mechanical systems, exteriors, interiors, tools, and resources.

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

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

Learn more about historic house styles in “A Field Guide to American Houses” by Virginia McAlester, available in our shop.

Our shop also carries related titles by other authors and our 2022 Historic House calendar!

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