The Mansard Style:
Politics, Tax evasion and Beauty

Other examples of buildings in the Mansard style are below:

School in Virginia City, Nevada.

House, Virginia City, Nevada

Customs House, Victoria, Canada, built 1871

House, Port Townsend, Washington State. This home’s Mansard roof is concave. This example, and the one following are unusual, as it is rare to find one story buildings with a Mansard roof as it can visually be too heavy a design for a small building. However both of these examples carry the design well.

House, Port Townsend, Washington State

House (“Trebatha”) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Built 1889.

The Mansard style continued in popularity until 1900.  When built in wood, it was constructed to resemble stone with heavy ‘rustic’ siding, and wood shingled roofs that were painted to simulate multi-coloured slate roofs that would be used on masonry buildings.


A grand example of the Mansard style in North America was the New York Post Office, which was built in 1875, at the height of the fashion for all things French. It cost $10 million to build, and was regrettably demolished in 1938 – 39. It’s roof was slate, and in a combination of both straight and convex areas of roof.

Buildings in the Mansard style are found around the world. Look around in the older parts of your town or city, and see if you can spot examples of the once-popular and pervasive French style that remembers the Emperor that remade Paris.

Paris today. The Opera at right, commissioned by Napoleon III. The neighbouring streets are lined with five story buildings all capped with Mansard roofs.


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