Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Who is that Mansard of the Roof?

How is it that the Mansard roof is named after Francois Mansard.  The word mansard has the French origin of mansard  and the English origin of "Mansard, Francois".  The earliest known example is credited to Pierre Lescot on part of the Louvre, built around 1550.  It was named after the person who popularized it in the early 17th century.

A search on roof shapes will retrieve dozens of different ones.  And then there are ones that have no name to describe their unusual shape.  Here's the Lighter Side of Real Estate's 12 most unique roofs. 

In comparison, the BBC article is about the world's most unusual rooftops - typically with gardens.  It is HERE.  

I thought that perhaps the Guinness Book of Records might give us insight into roofs.  Here are a few records involving roofs:

Longest cantilever roof
Largest reinforced concrete cement flat roof span
Longest roof span covered by a single metal corrugated sheet

... and then it moves on to other roof-related items:

Most consecutive donut spins while standing on the roof of a car
Fastest time to flip 10 cars on the roof
Fastest time to break 1,000 roof tiles (male) (female)

And then an array of records involving centipedes, slime, the loudest drummer... these might really be advertisements/news items. I refrained from reading the centipede one.

Here's our pretty roof from the Niagara-on-the-Lake garden tour over the weekend. The house is located on the most prestigious place on the street facing the Lake with the view of the American historic fort.  However this gazebo seems like an unlikely lover's rendezvous:  it sits under a chestnut tree and it faces away from the lake.  Perhaps there is a story in this.

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