The Second Empire Style by Christine G. H. Franck
An excerpt from the Second Empire Style post: “One building element used widely during this period, the Mansard roof, would come to define the Second Empire style in America. François Mansart was French architect during the 17th century who revived these steeply pitched roofs from their earlier use during the French Renaissance. Though not invented by him, this roof type was so associated with Mansart it came to be called un toit à la mansarde, or Mansard roof.”
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