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Solomon Thatcher, Jr. Residence

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 September 2014 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Second Empire is the first of the Victorian styles that would prevail in American domestic architecture for much of the later part of the 19th century as industrialization and the growth of the railroads would dramatically change home design and production. During this period, balloon-frame construction would replace the use of heavy timbers in home construction and new industrialized processes that could produce doors, windows, roofing, siding and other house elements could be transported faster to construction sites than ever before. Second Empire homes became popular throughout most of the eastern and midwestern United States and were often considered a “modern” alternative to the picturesque styles given its association with the institutional and residential architecture of France’s Napoleon III. The style’s most distinctive feature is its curved mansard roof with pedimented dormers.

In addition, Second Empire homes were often rectangular or asymmetrical in building form, constructed usually in masonry and often incorporating a central tower topped with a mansard roof. Other features often copy elements from the Italianate style, including double-hung windows, window hoods, decorative cornice line brackets, and partial, full width or wrap-around porches. The only example of the Second Empire style in River Forest, Illinois is the Solomon Thatcher Jr. House.

Photo captured August 30, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 52 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Wow It's a very beautiful building!
Nice shot and excellent information. Thanks !

9 Sep 2014 7:07am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique bâtiment....
beau cadrage )

9 Sep 2014 7:15am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Wonderful image. Superb details.:-)

9 Sep 2014 10:10am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel cadrage avec les troncs d'arbres superbe image et cette maison en fond fantastique

9 Sep 2014 11:07am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

What a beautiful architecture... excellent shot

9 Sep 2014 11:15am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful !!

9 Sep 2014 11:23am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. Beautifully framed fine shot. Wonderful architecture. Lovely. :)

9 Sep 2014 2:53pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love how you used the trees for framing - the light is lovely as is the color

9 Sep 2014 7:06pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Wonderful framing of this building.

9 Sep 2014 7:14pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An incredible image of this incredible house. The clarity of the photo is stunning.

9 Sep 2014 7:16pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, colors, lighting, textures & treatment!
L O V E L Y !

9 Sep 2014 8:02pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Beautiful home and excellent presentation of it.

9 Sep 2014 10:27pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Second Empire is my favourite style and would just love to move into one, even though
it would be quite large. One of my Favourites is from the new tv show Bates Motel, which
is set out in Aldergrove on 272nd Street near the U.S. border is the spitting image of the
Bates Motel set in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic Psycho ... They did a magnificent job
in recreating the motel and home, I am a big fan of the tv show.

9 Sep 2014 11:32pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

A majestic building with sober architecture and beautiful roof shapes and details ... Superb image and excellent information !!!

9 Sep 2014 11:41pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What a beautiful home! Thank you for the wonderful explanation. I am going to have to pay more attention to some of the older homes that I see in towns around here. The architecture is gorgeous!

10 Sep 2014 12:04am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a lovely building. You certainly get to visit some wonderful places. I am jealous.

10 Sep 2014 12:29am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Beautiful formal portrait of this handsome house.

10 Sep 2014 1:05am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful architecture shot.

10 Sep 2014 2:43am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


10 Sep 2014 6:43am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I'd never heard of the 'second empire' style before ... not only is your image gorgeous, but this is an educational series!

11 Sep 2014 2:24am

franz from Baden, Austria

i agree with phil here ... my favourite style as well! there's so much originality and fantasy in these houses and so much detail that one could look at them forever.

15 Sep 2014 5:46pm