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A mansard roof has two angles of slope – the steep section below the more shallow section.  This may apply to one, two, or more sides of the roof.  The term has also been applied to a flat top roof with four sloping sides (last example below).

 

Many local examples are not easy to see, particularly where a steep parapet obscures the details of the roof behind.

 

Named after the French classical architect Francois Mansart (1598-1666).  Also known as a Gambrel roof (the US term).

 

 Local examples (click to enlarge and read captions)

Mansard roof

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