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It was a craze, a fad, just like Art Deco, Permastone and swoopy titanium-skin buildings. The mansard mania of 1868 to 1873 swept over New York with a peculiar incandescence, but then went out like a guttering candle. Traces of the mansard bubble somehow survived, and that on the 1868 Grand Hotel, at Broadway and 31st Street, is getting a particularly loving restoration.

-Christopher Gray ‘The Heyday of Mansard Roofs‘ The New York Times

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