Ah, the Mansard roof! A wood-frame house with a cherry on top. I must admit, I love ALL Mansard roofs, no matter the house material. Though they are by no means unique to wooden houses, there is something about finding this high-style feature adapted to the vernacular frame house that makes me smile. But what is the genesis of this much-beloved architectural element?

Who doesn’t love a fad borrowed from Paris?

Hey Park Slopers, there’s a new mansard roof on the block! A wooden house renovation project just finished up over at 392 Dean Street, and the developer (Seth Brown of Aspen Equities) was kind enough to send us over a before-and-after shot, as well as the ca. 1940 tax photo. Read on to see!

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