Mansard

Mansard

This French hood utilizes a Mansard taper  with an ashlar stone pattern.  The common tale is that Mansart, king Louis XV’s architect, Designed the tall sloping  roofs to add a garret above the cornice, as French law decreed no Parisian building could have more than 4 floors, measured to the cornice. This wonderful design inn ovatio still draws your eye up, and is still used today by architects (see Denver’s Beauvallon Condos, 2009)

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