Roof Examples

Mid-century Roof Examples in Portland
 
Many architectural components separate an Atomic Age building from other styles. Most often it is the roof that is the first factor in determining whether a structure represents the mid-century modern style. Although many dwellings use more than one of the roof  examples together, each illustrates the distinct design of the period and is represented by structures in the Portland, Oregon area.
 
 
Butterfly Roof – This type of roof is formed by 2 gables that dip in the middle
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Butterfly
 
Butterfly
 
Butterfly
 
 Shed Roof – a roof having a single slope but one structure may have several at varying levels
 
 Shed
 
Shed
 
Saddle Roof- is one which follows a convex curve about one axis and a concave curve about the other. The geometric form is a hyperbolic parabaloid which resembles a saddle.
 
Saddle
 
 Saddle
 
 Gable Roof – a triangular sloping roof. In MCM architecture the gable generally is used in conjuction with a flat roof and clerestory windows.
 
Gable
 
 
Gable
 
Gable
 
 Low Pitched Roof- a roof with a slope of less than 30 degrees.
 
Low Pitched
 
Low Pitched
 
 Flat Roof- scarce in rainy Portland , but typical of midcentury modern design.
 
 Flat roof
 
Flat roof
 
ZigZag Roof - is a roof with a  pattern made up of many small corners at an acute angle.
 
 
Zig Zag
 
Zig Zag
 
 
Marina Roof-this style was named for the prototype Safeway store that was built in 1959 on Marina Blvd in San Francisco. This style was used typically in grocery store architecture and was not exclusive to Safeway alone.
 
Marina
 
Marina