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Mansard Monday Before and After

Images courtesy of This Old House

Mansard Monday Before and After ~ A Second Empire Gem. This wonderful Second Empire before and after house comes from the This Old House website.

Restored by a young woman with some help from her dad, it is a great example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of determination, knowledge, and other resources.

Houses like this one were built in urbanized areas across the US during the second half of the 19th century, providing stylish and comfortable houses for middle-class families. Many were neglected after much of the middle-class moved to suburbs outside the urban centers in the 20th century. Now, “empty nest” baby boomers and millennials are moving back to cities in large numbers and houses like this are being restored.

“Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” was written to help those people, and anyone else who wants to restore a house with sensitivity to its character-defining features.

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

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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

Our shop also carries select restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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