Mansard Monday ~ Open Gable Mansard Roof?

Mansard Monday ~ Second Empire with open gable Mansard roof? Some houses don’t fall exactly into a particular style. If the lower roof pitch on this house wrapped around the gable end, it would be a full-on Mansard roof, the form that defines a Second Empire style house.

Built in Portland, Maine c. 1870, it is too early to be Queen Anne, the surface treatment is too plain to be Stick Style, and the roof is insufficiently Mansard-ed to be clearly Second Empire. It is much too early to show the influence of the Dutch Colonial Revival gambrel roof form. I consider it a variant of the Second Empire style, but “Eclectic Victorian-era” would also be a safe description.

Understanding the style of a house, even when its stylistic identity is not clear cut, will help you know which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation.

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© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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