Neo-Mansard (1960-Present)

According to Virginia and Lee McAlester in A Field Guide to American Houses, in regard to the Neo-Mansard style, “builders in the early 1960s learned that a relatively inexpensive way to get a dramatic decorative effect was to construct slightly sloping upper wall surfaces to be covered with shingles or other decorative roofing materials. This technique was apparently first used in apartment projects in Florida and the southwest and then spread rapidly to houses. The style was particularly favored in the late 1960s and early ’70s but has persisted into the ’80s with modifications. Early versions for example seldom have through-the-cornice windows, a common feature on more recent examples.” Please see below for more common features of Neo-Mansard houses.

Identifying Features:

As noted in “Architectural Movements of the Recent Past” by Alan Higgins, the defining features of the Neo-Mansard style are:

  • Over sized Mansard Roof
  • Roof on more than one level
  • Deep set windows in Mansard
  • Windows break through eave
  • Recessed entries
  • Small window openings
  • Rectangular form
  • Brick veneer is most common
  • Higgins, Alan. “Architectural Movements of the Recent Past,” PDF.
  • McAlester, Virginia and Lee. A Field Guide to American Houses. New York: Knopf, 1991.
  1. Higgins, Alan. “Architectural Movements of the Recent Past,” PDF.