Roadside Weirdness #1

Here’s one of my favorite buildings in town; near Addison and Damen, this place looks like a Smurf house with a mansard roof. Don’t ask me why, but I get a real kick out of mansard roofs.

According to my understanding, the mansard roof as popularized in France, where the amount of taxes one paid was based on the height of the house from the ground to the roof. By having the whole second floor covered by the roof, people could pay single story taxes on a two story building.