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Simple Classic Second Empire

Simple Elegance

Occasionally, the lines and proportions of a house combine to produce a result which can only be described as elegant. Such is the case, on this stunning Second Empire home. Built circa 1870, the unbroken vertical lines of the asymmetrical red brick home draw the eye upwards to the slate blue mansard roof that crowns the building. The large dentils of the deep eave molding and the broad, clean expanse of the roof ridge cornice combine to accentuate the convex curves of the mansard. Semi-circular two over one windows are used throughout the house; the dormer windows emphasized by the white decorative surrounds while on the facade the windows are punctuated by rusticated keystones. The bay window, set in a projecting wall section that rises to break the main eave line is capped with a distinct roof section that is pierced by a gable dormer topped with a graceful finial, taken together creates the impression of a tower. While the Neo-classical pedimented porch may, or may not, be original to the build, its Spartan elegance marries very well with the overall presentation.

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Second Empire Townhouse Terrace

Townhouse

Originally a symmetrical three townhouse terrace, this building suffered the amputation of one-third its structure by the builder of an apartment block. Despite ruining the building’s balance, the remaining two houses maintain a courtly presence unified by the classic Mansard roof; its convex curves set-off by highly decorated eave and roof-ridge cornices. The slate roof tile field is broken by dormers with semi-circular arched windows framed in elaborate decorative trim. The facade is defined by beefy eave brackets, stone quoins and heavy water table. The segmentally arched single and paired windows are emphasized by stone drip molds and incised keystones. The porch on the left house and the prominent frontispiece on the right house sport columns with Corinthian capitals overtopped by trefoil decorations that lend a hint of Gothic to the decoration. Finally, the heavily ornamented bay window works to both balance and actuate the frontispiece of the neighboring house. When built, the now missing third house would have been a mirror image of the house on the left end, creating a perfectly balanced grand terrace.

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Abacus
Arch
Arch, Pointed
Arch, Segmental
Arch, Semi-circular
Bargeboard
Belvedere
Board &amp; Batten
Bracket
Brick
Brick, Bond
Brick, Common Bond
Brick, Course
Brick, English Bond
Brick, Flemish Bond
Brick, Header/Stretcher
Brick, Queen Closer
Brick, Running Bond
Brick, Structural
Brick, Wythe
Building Form
Bungalow
Carport
Cladding
Clapboard
Classical Orders
Clerestory
Column
Column, Composite
Column, Corinthian
Column, Doric
Column, Ionic
Column, Solomonic
Column, Tuscan
Cornice
Cornice, Eave
Cornice, Raking
Cupola
Dentil
Door, 6 Panel
Door, French
Door, Garden
Door, Patio
Door, Plank
Dormer
Dormer, Arched-top
Dormer, Eyebrow
Dormer, Gabled
Dormer, Hipped
Dormer, Pedimented
Dormer, Recessed
Dormer, Shed
Dormer, Wall
Eave
Eave, Fascia
Eave, Soffit
Elevation
Entablature
Entablature, Classical
Entablature, Composite
Entablature, Corinthian
Entablature, Doric
Entablature, Ionic
Entablature, Tuscan
Facade
Facade Bay
Facade, 2 Bay (2 Ranked)
Facade, 3 Bay (3 Ranked)
Facade, 4 Bay (4 Ranked)
Facade, 5 Bay (5 Ranked)
Facade, Asymmetrical
Facade, Multiple Bay (6+ Ranked)
Facade, Symmetrical
Facade, X/Y Bay (e.g. 3/5)
Flushboard
Foursquare (American)
Framing
Framing, Balloon
Framing, Brace
Framing, Platform
Framing, Timber
Frontispiece
Gable
Glass
Glass, Crown
Glass, Cylinder
Glass, Drawn
Glass, Float
Glass, Stained
Half Timber
Lime Rendering
Lintel
Lumber
Lumber, Dimensional
Lumber, Rough Sawn
Modillion
Molding
Molding, Hood
Mortar Rendering
Mullion
Muntin
Nail
Nail, Hand-forged
Nail, Machine Cut
Nail, Wire
Pattress Plate
Pediment
Pediment, Broken
Pediment, Open
Pediment, Segmental
Pilaster
Porch
Portico
Portico, Flying
Quoin
Rafter
Rafter, Extended
Rafter, Overhanging
Romantic
Roof
Roof, Clipped Gable
Roof, Cross Gable
Roof, Cross-hipped
Roof, Eichler
Roof, Flat
Roof, Gabled
Roof, Gambrel
Roof, High Pitch
Roof, Hipped
Roof, Low Pitch
Roof, Mansard
Roof, Medium Pitch
Roof, Pitch
Roof, Truss
Shake, Cedar
Shingle
Shingle, Asphalt
Shingle, Cedar
Shingle, Slate
Stone, Ashlar
Stone, Rubble
Stone, Rusticated
Stucco
Transom
Usonian
Veneer
Veneer, Brick
Veneer, Stone
Verandah
Vernacular
Victorian
Voussoir
Water Table
Window
Window, 1 over 1
Window, 12 over 12
Window, 12 over 8
Window, 2 over 2
Window, 6 over 6
Window, 8 over 8
Window, Bay
Window, Casement
Window, Clerestory
Window, Dormer
Window, Double-hung
Window, Fanlight
Window, Leaded
Window, Oriel
Window, Paired
Window, Palladian
Window, Picture
Window, Porthole
Window, Ribbon
Window, Sidelight
Window, Single-hung
Window, Transom