Second Empire

Second Empire (circa 1865-1885)

Second Empire homes are most known by their double-pitched mansard roofs, which often have multi-colored slate shingles. They are also characterized by two or three stories, dormer windows, pedimented and bracketed slender windows, ornate moldings and brackets under the eaves, arched double doors and projecting porches. Apart from its distinctive roofline, Second Empire houses have similar details to Italianate designs.