Perfectly Balanced: Italianate & Second Empire Puzzle

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!

Perfectly Balanced: Italianate and Second Empire Puzzle Historic House
Perfectly Balanced Italianate & Second Empire

The Second Empire style shares all its architectural features with the Italianate style except its definitive Mansard roof. Typically, when these houses have towers, the towers also feature Mansard roofs. However, in this case the tower is a purely Italianate campanile with the style’s classic triple-mulled arch-topped windows in the top story and a shallow hipped roof.

The size of the tower gives this house as much Italianate character as Second Empire. Many houses have features from more than one style but usually one style is predominant in the composition. Here, the two are balanced to a degree that the house has to be considered to represent both styles, a nicely balanced combination of the two.

Italianate and Second Empire are two of 25 styles and types 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!

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