Sunday, December 11, 2016

Walking Dead Mansard

Check it out.  A mansard money shot on The Walking Dead!  Here's Maggie doing guard duty in the Hilltop Community.  I think "Barrington Hall" isn't a real house but a fake movie-construction house, which explains a lot about the style and proportions of the mansard.

Thursday, November 10, 2016


So excited my friend Richard sent me some Norway mansards.  Great stuff.  Richard travels a lot and sends me mansard pictures from all around the world.  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Shelter Island, NY

An anonymous mansard hunter shared with me this mansard in Shelter Island, NY.  Amazing!  It's a little cottage with a balcony and walk-out.  Love it.  I have to admit, this Missouri girl wasn't very familiar with Shelter Island but I'm glad to see this little sliver of mansard paradise.  Thank you, anonymous mansard hunter.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October in Carmel, Indiana

This past weekend, I took Gus and his sister to Indianapolis for Gus' hockey tournament.  I was so excited to find the Monon trail by the rink.  The Monon is much like the Katy trail in Missouri - a railline converted to running/biking trail.

Speaking of Monon, Depauw University and Wabash College in Indiana battle annually for the Monon Bell.  My grandfather was the coach at DePauw and had an impressive Monon win record.

Found lots of cute Craftsman homes in Carmel and some big ol' mansards.  

Carmel, IN
town center
My grandfather Tommy Mont, post- Monon win.
Monon trail.
More Monon.  And more Japanese horsetail, please.  We don't use near enough of it here in Missouri.  Love it here.  

Saturday, September 17, 2016

My neighbor's mansard part 2

One of the joys of ownership of a proper Italianate mansard circa 1880 is its annual upkeep. My great neighbors to the south recently had to do a lot of work on their mansard as featured on this blog in October 2015. Here is the finished product. Quite beautiful!  It also costs a fortune, as in the same cost as a mid size sedan, as we are learning.  Bravo to Mr and Mrs z. Beautifully done. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Granny's bad mansard restaurant

Somewhere on an Alabama state highway on the way to the Florida panhandle is Granny's restaurant. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A drunk amongst the mansards

Just another Sunday afternoon in soulard. This guy couldn't find his apartment so he took a little rest. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

I wish my alley were this much fun!

This was definitely the best, albeit first, official alley party I have attended. 3800 block Juniata and Connecticut.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Somewhere in southern Missouri

The top picture is poplar bluff. I've always enjoyed this building even though it does not have a mansard roof. The middle picture is also in Poplar Bluff. Last picture somewhere on the Arkansas Missouri border 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Work conference mansard

Tan-tar-a in all its badmansard glory 

Saturday, June 11, 2016


In plain sight and yet so far away! This house is visible from Highway 270 northbound but I've never got off the highway and actually taken a good picture. At long last, while taking the girls to lacrosse practice at DeSmet high school, I was able to stop and take a proper picture. And, bonus, homeowners were having a garage sale!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hot mansards in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Things are heating up in downtown St Louis

I have worked downtown for more than 20 years and I think this may be the first time I've seen this kind of hot barrel on top of a manhole. Interesting.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Weird and cool things I saw

pay phone booth sans payphone, Chestnut and 6th.
Victory!  A cool sign in South Bend, IN.
moon over brewery, Anheuser Busch.
Boyz II Men, ABC DDB.  That girl is poison.  Ohio and Sidney Streets.  I was temporarily brought back to 1990.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Columbia law firm mansard

Columbia Missouri law firm. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

1973 tennis mansard

My father
playing tennis around some new mansard construction circa 1973. Possibly Indianapolis. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hockey mansards!

The first pic is from the university of notre dame rink. Really nice place. 

The second picture is an indoor rink bathroom mansard!  I can't make this stuff up. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Mansard library and a mid century bonus

Burgers at Gabbys. 
Hockey tournament in Nashville. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Springfield IL

We were at a hockey  game in Springfield Illinois and passed this pretty building on the way to the game. Sorry for bad quality. My friend was driving and i was too embarrassed to tell her to slow down so I could take a picture of a mansard 

Bates backside

The backside of some one story mansard  on bates street. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


I think I've said it before on these pages but I love Epiphany.  In my mind it is the transition point from Christmas season to Mardi Gras season. Also, my second daughter was baptized on epiphany and for that it is also special.  

We usually mark our door. I was mortified to realize we skipped 2015 probably because of all the orthopedic issues we had last year. I'm proud to report this year we got back up on that ladder and marked the door.  20+c+m+b+16