Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tres petit

Benton Park has many of these enfant mansards, especially along Lemp Street.  I don't know why they're only 2/3 the size of a regular 2nd Empire.  I've heard that the small stature permitted the homeowner to show off a mansard roof line without the expense of a larger house.  

These and Lustron homes are my "isn't that a cute little house?  I'd like the pluck that up and put it in my pocket!"   I ordinarily like houses that are the architectural equivalent of the nickname assigned to my husband by his college friends:  the Big American Giant.  


  1. Cincinnati has hundreds if not thousands of these small Second Empires in both single, double and rowhouse form there are 15 singles and one double in our neighborhood alone including ours, a 1871 second empire cottage with patterned slate roof .

  2. I did not know that. Could you send me a picture? I love mansards from other cities.