This style is characterized by a steeply pitched hipped roof or dual pitched mansard roof, symmetrical font façade, and often features dentils, pediments, pilasters, and quoins. It influenced later styles such as Second Empire, Beaux Arts, and French Eclectic.
Identifying features (according to about.com):
- Balanced, symmetrical façade
- Smooth stone walls, made from finely-cut ashlar, or smooth stucco finish
- Low-pitched hip or Mansard roof
- Roof topped with balustrade
- Wide eaves with large brackets
- Horizontal stone banding between floors
- Segmental Pediments
- Ornately-carved stone window trim varying in design at each story
- Smaller square windows on top floor
- Quoins (large stone blocks at the corners)”
Virginia McAlester, Lee McAlester, A Field Guide to American Houses, French renaissance; New York : Knopf, 1984.
Jackie Craven, About.com guide; French Renaissance; http://architecture.about.com/od/periodsstyles/ig/House-Styles/Renaissance-Revival.htm (May 23 2010)