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Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Gorgeous House with a Mansard Roof

I love this style of mansion. Yes, I called it a house, but indeed, it is really a mansion. The mansard roof is a favorite of mine. I learned that in France one was charged a tax on each floor below the roof line, and so, architects got wise and designed the third floor to be above the roof line. No extra taxes. I am not 100% sure of this, but it sounds good!

The earliest known example of a mansard roof is credited to Pierre Lescot on part of the Louvre built around 1550. This roof design was popularized in the early 17th century by François Mansart (1598–1666), an accomplished architect of the French Baroque period.[5] It became especially fashionable during the Second French Empire (1852–1870) of Napoléon III.[6] Mansardin Europe also means the attic (garret) space itself, not just the roof shape[7] and is often used in Europe to mean a gambrel roof.

In any case, enjoy this picture of a beauty by my standards. Cheers! 🍷

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