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
Adjectives used to describe this style include "bold"
and "imposing." The mansard roof has a steeply
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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