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1855 - 1885: Second Empire (Mansard) House Style

Paris Inspired These Lofty Roofs

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With tall mansard roofs and wrought iron cresting, Second Empire homes are inspired by the opulent architecture of France during the reign of Napoleon III. Learn about Second Empire architecture.
Jordan House in Auburn, Maine

Jordan House in Auburn, Maine designed and built by Charles A. Jordan, ca 1880

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