The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!
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. Houses in the style range from small wood-framed examples like this Maine example to impressive masonry mansions.
Without the Mansard roof, these houses would be Italianate in style. All their other features are shared with that style. The roof form is what distinguishes the Second Empire style and defines it.
Understanding the style of a house will help you know which features are character-defining so you can prioritize their preservation. Second Empire style is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!