Mansard Monday ~ Lovely Second Empire House

A lovely Second Empire style house for Mansard Monday. 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 during a period when all things French were “en vogue” for fashionable Americans.

From the eave line down, Second Empire buildings are essential Italianate in style, but their roof gives them a different identity. Many Mansard roofs are clad in slate shingles, often shaped into patterns in several colors. Wood shingle was also used, also shaped and painted or stained in several colors.

This house has a stamped metal “tin” roofing material from the early 20th century. Its presence suggests the original material was wood, and this is the second-generation replacement. Slate would have lasted longer and not needed replacement. After more than a century in place, this metal roof is now historically significant.

This beautiful example of the Second Empire style in Richmond, Maine, is shown in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

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© Scott T. Hanson 2023

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