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Mansard Roofs: All Hail the Second Empire!

Image courtesy of GeorgetownMetropolitan.com.   Welcome to CIRCA School, in which Amanda uncovers the fascinating facts behind everyone’s favorite old house details. We’re taking a field trip to Paris for today’s lesson on mansard roofs!   On my trip to Paris last month I was surrounded by boulevards of beautiful buildings capped with mansard roofs — or, as I once heard someone call them, “French hats!” Better still, I stayed in a hotel topped with a mansard. With views of the Left Bank out my dormer window, a big part of the room’s allure was the sloped ceiling formed by this roof’s charming shape. But what exactly is a mansard roof?   var OB_platformType=3; var

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Eyebrow Dormers: Architecture with Attitude!

Welcome to CIRCA School, in which Amanda uncovers the fascinating facts behind everyone’s favorite old house details. Blink and you’ll miss today’s lesson on Eyebrow Dormers!   Have you ever gazed at a home and thought it kind of looks like a face? Well, you’re not alone! Some homes are so full of personality that their architectural elements demand to be named after our very own features. One standout is the aptly named Eyebrow Dormer!   var OB_platformType=3; var

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Flemish Bond: Fit for Kings!

Welcome to CIRCA School, in which Amanda Davis uncovers the fascinating facts behind everyone’s favorite old house details. Today’s lesson: Flemish bond!   Oh, I just LOVE old brick houses. So much detail and variation can be had with such a simple shape as a rectangular brick. One of my absolute favorite treatments is Flemish bond. Like a checkerboard spread across walls, this brick pattern gets its elegant look by alternating stretchers (the long side of the brick) with headers (the short side) on each and every row.   It’s mighty pretty, indeed, but did you know that Flemish bond was as much a status symbol back in the day as fancy clothes and fine china?   var OB_platformType=3; var

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