Second Empire

Second Empire

While some historians distinguish between Second Empire and Mansard architecture, others lump them into a single category. Named for the Second Empire of France (reign of Napoleon III), this style is easily recognizable because of its sloping mansard roof. Adjectives used to describe this style include "bold" and "imposing." The mansard roof has a steeply pitched front. Classical moldings are common, and the buildings are usually three stories and have dormers. There are a number of local examples of this style, including row houses on the 300 block of East King Street.

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