Note the Gothic details
and Italian Villa tower
Note the Italiante brackets
and windows and
Second empire was a dominant style for homes constructed
between 1860 and 1880 with some continuing on into the 1880's.
It was most popular in the Northeastern and Midwestern states.
The main characteristic of the Second Empire style is the mansard roof design, dormer windows, and later, side or central villa like towers. There are usually decorative brackets below the eaves.
Most people think of the Second Empire Style as the quintessential "Victorian" house. Apart from the Mansard roof and the French windows, they don't differ greatly form the earlier Victorian styles and it did not remain a pure style for long. The popular nineteenth century lifestyle had come to include a veranda, bay window, and the light tower of the Italianate Villa. After the 1870's, the basic Second Empire style had become a composite of an Italian Villa with a Mansard roof and Carpenter Gothic details.
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