Second Empire (1850s-1870s)

The Second Empire style imitted the grand architecture built in France under Napoleon III.  Its distinguishig feature is the mansard roof, with its steep, sloped roof edge and dormer windows.

 

Look for:  roofs decorated with slate or shaped shigles, cast iron roof crestings, bracketed eave cornices, arched window hoods, and ornate porches.

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