The mansard roof with either concave or straight sides is the key to distinguishing
the Second Empire style. Although not extremely common in Colorado, there
are examples of high style, most notably the Tabor Hotel in Leadville, the
Bloom House in Trinidad, and the Maxwell House in Georgetown. Characteristics
include the mansard roof, a projecting bay or tower extending above the roofline,
either contoured or to one side. Windows are pedimented or have molded surrounds.
Quoins are found on the Bloom House, along with roof cresting. Cornices are
bracketed, reminiscent of the Italianate style.
Vernacular variations are usually found on very small homes. The mansard
roof and pedimented windows are generally the major elements of the style
visible on these small residences.
Here are some designated landmarks in Longmont that are representative of
the Art Deco style.