second empire house mansard roof
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Second Empire

Dates: 1855 to 1885
Features: Mansard roof (hipped with two pitches) with dormers set into it and patterned shingles, deep eaves with decorative brackets, 2-over-2 or 1-over-1 windows with elaborate hoods or pediments.

The style is closely related to Italianate, but is always characterized by its mansard roof, named for the 17th-century French architect, Fran├žois Mansart. The style name refers to France's second empire—the reign of Napoleon III from 1852-1870—during which the mansard roof was in vogue.
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