Old architecture of Paris, Idaho (part 1)

My architecture projects aim to preserve what was built long ago through photographic documentation.

This tiny town in southern Idaho is full of old homes with a french influence unique in this area.  These homes have a Mansard style roof that isn’t seen in any other small town around the Bear Lake.   I’m in the process of researching out their history, but the city museum seems to be closed more than it’s opened.  But we will get it.    I wonder who the architect was, and where he emigrated from and did it all have a reason why this town was named Paris in the first place.

“A mansard roof has two slopes on each of the four sides. The lower slope is is so steep that it can look like a vertical wall with dormers. The upper slope has a low pitch and is not easily seen from the ground. A mansard roof has no gables.

Mansard roofs were considered especially practical because they allowed usable living quarters to be placed in the attic. For this reason, older buildings were often remodeled with mansard roofs. In the United States, Second Empire – or Mansard – was a Victorian style, popular from the 1860s through the 1880s.”

If you know anything of history about these specific homes, please contact me.

 

 

 

 

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