Friday, March 20, 2009

A cheerful printemps mansard

This is one of my favorite mansards.  It's what I like to call Bricktorian- a brick second empire Victorian.  I love the jaune (yellow) trim.  I am most impressed with the northern wall- count those windows!  If you've ever replaced just ONE window, you can certainly appreciate the cost and effort of replacing 22 of them.  It's spring and this house always has an impressive daffodil display.  


  1. There's another like that (probably many, actually) with the windows on the south side, though. Very satisfying as I drive past--and yes, having replaced windows at $800 a pop...oy.

    Hey--I'm 63118, more city moms on this block than you would believe.

  2. You could restore your wondows at less expense, and have windows that match your house. Most of the windows (sashes) in the City are fabricated from cypress wood, which is disease and rot resistant. The wood in most replacement wondows, with the exception of mahogany, (which was probably logged illegally) is pine or oak, two species not particularly well known for their resistance to rain and rot. I considered replacements, (sashpack or...) but the expense (the oy bit) and the fact that restored and well-maintained original windows paired with good interior or exterior storms can often provide the same level of insulation of a replacement really sealed the deal for me. Not to mention that there are fewer moving parts to fail in the original weighted sashes. Pulleys, some rope, and the sash. Too many plastic and cheap metal parts to fail in the new windows. The dead space between the two panes (window and storm) is what's important. Ensuring that that dead space is maintained is important, but not difficult. Great blog, BTW. You've got a great sense of humor. The wife and I need to get out more and meet people like you. Dutchtown shaking the tree here, boss.